Maine’s Driver Evaluation and Educational Providers
Dirigo Counseling Clinic is approved by the Office of Substance Abuse to provide assessment and treatment for clients who have been arrested for an Operating While Under the Influence. Getting an OUI can be very stressful. In Maine, anyone arrested for an OUI has to face two branches of power: the judicial system and the administrative system. You must address the demands of each of these.
As for the administrative system (the Secretary of State), you cannot bypass the DEEP program–even if the judicial system dismisses your case. What follows are the options and possibilities that you may consider as you work through the DEEP process:
- You can sign up for the 3-day Risk Reduction Program which is an educational and screening program lasting 24 hours spread over Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday. At the completion of this program you may either: (a) have your license returned to you with no further “hoops,” or (b) be referred to a certified evaluator in the community for further assessment (such an evaluation is no less than 2 and no more than 4 sessions).
- You can admit that you have a treatable problem with alcohol and/or drugs and proceed straight to treatment and bypass the Risk Reduction Program. But to qualify for this route, you must sign a statement that attests (a) an acknowledgment of the extent of the problem, (b) agreement to be abstinent substances of abuse during treatment, and (c) agree to an aftercare plan following the treatment.
At Dirigo Counseling Clinic we understand that this process is not the most pleasant. We understand that you want to take care of things quickly and without any embarrassment to yourself. We have staff members who are sensitive to your situation and do care about your wellbeing. We have various appointment times and fees that are fair and comparable.
We have your best interests at heart. At the same time, we will not compromise the high standards set for us by your Legislature and the policies and procedure they set for us. We do this work because we enjoy it, not because it is our job nor because we are paid by the state to do it. We offer affordable treatment when needed. Plus, we accept most health insurance for treatment. We have a caring staff who will personally answer your call and not refer you to voicemail. If you have questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact us.