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Driving Under The Influence (DUI) Programs

NOTE: The Substance Use Disorder Services Divisions are currently updating these web pages in an effort to enhance and streamline the information available through this website. We are currently under construction and therefore all content and/or links may not be currently available.

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Substance Use Disorder Compliance Division, Driving-Under-the-Influence (DUI) Unit , licenses and performs compliance monitoring on all DUI programs in California. The objectives of the DUI program are to reduce the number of repeat DUI offenses by persons who complete a state-licensed DUI program; and to provide participants an opportunity to address problems related to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs.

DHCS currently licenses DUI programs that provide first- and/or multiple-offender program services throughout California’s 58 counties, with Alpine County’s services provided by neighboring counties.

The Wet Reckless Programs serve persons convicted of reckless driving with a measurable amount of alcohol in their blood.

First Offender Programs are for those convicted for the first time of a DUI offense, and they must complete a state-licensed three-month or nine-month program, depending on their blood alcohol level.

The 18-Month Programs serve second and subsequent DUI offenders; while the 30-Month Programs serve those with third and subsequent DUI offenders.

These programs are designed to enable participants to consider attitudes and behavior, support positive lifestyle changes, and reduce or eliminate the use of alcohol and/or drugs.


Please note:

Effective with the passage of the 2013-2014 Budget Act and associated legislation, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) no longer exists as of July 1, 2013. All ADP programs and staff, except the Office of Problem Gambling, transferred to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

Some web content available through links below may reference ADP and/or direct you to content from the former ADP website. DHCS is currently working to update all web content.

Last modified on: 4/15/2014 2:31 PM