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Our Mission

The mission of the California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) is to; (i)  provide California’s licensed DUI treatment programs a collective voice with the Department of Health Care Services; (ii) to promote the effectiveness of DUI treatment in reducing DUI offenses and enhancing public safety; (iii) to protect the integrity of the statewide DUI treatment program system through advocacy, education and collaboration with Legislators, State and County officials and other community stakeholders; and (iv) to improve the quality of counseling services by being accredited to certify individuals providing counseling services to clients enrolled in substance use disorder [SUD] treatment programs.

The CADTP Organization

The California Association of DUI Treatment Programs is a non-profit organization formed as a partner to its Member Organizations to promote the understanding and protect the integrity of the California DUI Programs through advocacy, education and collaboration with Legislators, State and County officials and other community stakeholders. CADTP was formed as an association in 1986 and incorporated in 1988. CADTP is self-supported through membership dues, association activities, and contributions.

  • CADTP's organizational membership currently includes a majority of the 260+ DUI programs licensed by the California Department of Health Care Services - Substance Use Disorder Compliance Division. CADTPs total membership includes over 2000 individuals.
  • CADTP is a pro-active organization. We seek to promote the understanding, improvement, and at times the preservation, of driving-under-the-influence programs in California. The results of our organizational mission has had a significant impact on reducing recidivism in the State of California, creating safer communities for all California residents. CADTP also seeks to evaluate and enhance the services offered by its members and others in DUI programs throughout the state.
  • CADTP began certificating counselors, instructors, and administrators in licensed DUI programs in 1988. In April of 2005, the Department of Alcohol & Drug Programs (now the Department of Heath Care Services) amended the regulations, and a new procedure was required for certification of alcohol and other drug counselors. CADTP works with the other approved certifying organizations through the collaborative efforts of California Counselor Certifying Organizations - CalCCO.
  • NCCA accreditedprogramlogoCADTP is one of the several organizations currently named in the California Administrative Code, Title 9, Section 13035, with authorization to certify individuals as alcohol or other drug counselors. Since that time, CADTP has certified over 1,000 counselors.  The CADTP Certification, known as the Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CAODC) is nationally accredited by ICE/NCCA.  This certification is approved by the state for counselors to work in any Alcohol & Other Drug Program, not just DUI programs.
  • CADTP believes a significant part of its responsibility to its members and to the DUI program field, in general, to provide this service and to keep the costs of certification reasonable.

For over 30 years CADTP has held semi-annual educational forums, open to both members and non-members. The forums continue to be held each Spring in Southern California and each Fall in Northern California. Attendance at the forums is strong with Continuing Education Units for attendees, relevant topics, and exciting presenters.

Legislative Action and History

CADTP has successfully sponsored eight legislative measures, and has been materially involved in the development, or revision, of a number of other legislative proposals.

These bills became law during the period of 1988-2010:

CADTP Sponsored Bills:

  • 1988 – Senate Bill 1365 (Seymour) established the 30 month DUI program for those with a 3rd or subsequent DUI conviction.
  • 1990 – Senate Bill 1344 (Seymour) required statewide implementation or the 3 month (30 hours of participation) education and counseling program for conviction of a 1st DUI offense.
  • 1993 – Senate Bill 1650 (Leonard) includes provisions that allow those who have permanently resided in a state other than California to apply for a driver’s license in the state of their current residence (the so-called “Desert Storm” provision since it was prompted by military personnel transfers) as long as they meet that state’s requirements for someone convicted of a DUI offense. Also established that proof of (DUI) program completion be provided to DMV before license could be reinstated after DUI conviction.
  • 1995 – Senate Bill 1295 (Lockyer) among other things, provided further detail (see SB1650) regarding proof of completion of DUI education and counseling program for those convicted of a 1st DUI offense and required DMV to suspend the individual’s driving privilege for failure to comply.
  • 1998 – Senate Bill 1177 (Johnson) requires anyone who is convicted of a 2nd or subsequent DUI offense, and who is ordered to enroll in, participate in, and complete a DUI education and counseling program, to do so subsequent to the latest violation. Prohibits credit being given for prior program participation.
  • 1999 – Senate Bill 1176 (Johnson) requires those convicted of an alcohol-related (“wet”) reckless driving offense to attend and complete the education component (minimum 12 hours) of a DUI education and counseling program.
  • 2001 – Assembly Bill 803 (Torlakson) requires courts to order individuals who are at least 18 years of age who are convicted of a DUI offense with a BAC of 0.05% or more to attend and complete the educational component of a DUI education and counseling program. Requires those individuals to attend and complete the 30 hour first offender program for at second conviction.
  • 2007 – Senate Bill 1756 (Migden) requires the license suspension period for those convicted of a 1st DUI offense with a BAC of 0.20% or higher to conform to the length of the required extended (9 month) DUI education and counseling program.

Bills With CADTP Material Involvement: *

  • 1990 – Assembly Bill 757 (Friedman) requires DMV to establish and maintain a DUI data and recidivism tracking system and evaluate efficacy of intervention programs for those convicted of DUI. Result: “Annual Report of the California DUI Management Information System”.
  • 1994 – Senate Bill 126 (Lockyer) among other things, requires proof of DUI program completion for those convicted of a 2nd or subsequent DUI offense prior to license reinstatement.
  • 1999 – Assembly Bill 1916 (Torlakson) among other things, requires those convicted a of a 1st DUI offense with a BAC of 0.20% or more to complete a 6 month DUI program.
  • 1999 – Senate Bill 24 (Committee on Public Safety) was a “clean up” measure for Assembly Bills 762 and 1916 and Senate Bill 1186.
  • 2004 – Senate Bill 1696 (Torlakson) among other things, requires DUI programs (not participants) to provide proof of enrollment and participation of convicted DUI offender directly to DMV.
  • 2010 – Assembly Bill 91 (Feuer) establishes a “pilot” program in 4 counties to assess the efficacy of mandatory ignition interlock device usage for those convicted of a 1st or multiple DUI offense.

* NOTE: CADTP was materially involved in the measure’s development through participation in a committee or work group and/or CADTP submitted suggested language which was included in the final version of the bill.

For three decades, the California DUI program network has been providing services to well over 120 thousand impaired drivers per year at no cost to taxpayers. DUI-related arrests have also dramatically lowered during this time, and recidivism continues to decline. CADTP believes that future studies and evaluations will show that the DUI programs are not only an important component in preventing recidivism, but that they are also a wide-reaching and effective means of moving alcohol and other drug dependent individuals toward long-term recovery. CADTP will continue to work to improve and promote understanding of these programs.