Vermont’s Drinking Driver Rehabilitation Program (Project CRASH)

Note: If you have been accused of driving while intoxicated you should consult with an attorney. This site does not give legal advice and the information on it does not substitute for a lawyer and proper legal representation.

For CRASH Information

If you live IN Vermont and need to register for CRASH classes, click HERE. Otherwise, call (802) 651-1574, Tuesdays & Thursdays between 11:00 AM and 12:00 Noon, and select “Option 1″ from the menu.

If you live OUTSIDE of Vermont, call (802) 651-1574, Tuesdays & Thursdays between 11:00 AM and 12:00 Noon and select “Option 2″ from the menu.

When an individual’s privilege to drive is suspended due to an alcohol related offense, they are required to successfully complete the CRASH Program. Individuals who have subsequent alcohol related offenses are required to enroll in the CRASH Program within 30 days of his/her suspension. If the individual does not enroll within 30 days, and remain enrolled until completion, a non-compliance hearing will be scheduled with the court.

The CRASH Program has been designed to provide information to help the individual understand clearly how alcohol, and other drugs, affect behavior and driving skills so that an individual can prevent trouble in the future.

In Vermont, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. A motor vehicle may be any type of motorized vehicle, including, but not limited to, snowmobiles, motor boats, and all terrain vehicles.

If an individual’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or higher and they are driving a motor vehicle, the individual may be charged with a DWI. In certain circumstances, an individual may be charged with a DWI with a BAC of less than .08%.

If an individual under the age of 21 has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .02% or higher and they are driving a motor vehicle, their privilege to drive may be suspended and/or they may be charged with a DWI.

How To Begin the CRASH Process

Project CRASH Programs

Governor’s Highway Safety Program Statistics

For Further Information

How To Begin the CRASH Program

The CRASH Program begins with an Intake Evaluation session. The Project CRASH Evaluator will notify the individual of what further requirements will need to be met in order to successfully complete the CRASH Program. There will be a fee for the Intake Evaluation.

NOTE: Individuals with a first or second offense may choose to participate in the Weekend Program. Individuals with a LIFE suspension are not eligible to participate in the weekend program; however, they are required to register and complete the Project CRASH Educational School Program located in their area.

The Project CRASH Programs are held at the following locations. Please call the facility in your area.

Region Agency Phone
Bellows Falls Parks Place (802) 257-1147
Bennington United Counseling Service (802) 442-5491
Brattleboro Phoenix House of NE, Inc. (802) 257-1147
Burlington HowardCenter (802) 488-6150
Hartford Health Care & Rehabilitation Services (802-886-4500
Middlebury Counseling Service of Addison County (802) 388-6751
Montpelier Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services (802) 223-4156
Morrisville Behavioral Medicine (802) 888-8320
Newport Northeast Kingdom Human Services (802) 334-5246
Rutland Rutland Mental Health (802) 747-3588
St. Albans HowardCenter (802) 488-6274
St. Johnsbury Northeast Kingdom Human Services (802) 748-1682
Springfield Health Care & Rehabilitation Services (802) 886-4500
Wilmington/Dover Phoenix House of NE, Inc. (802) 257-1147

If you live in a state other than Vermont, please contact Project CRASH at 802-651-1574, Tuesday or Thursday 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, for information on the programs that are available to you in your state.

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Project CRASH Programs

The Project CRASH Educational School

Through lecture, reading materials, videos, and small group discussions, the individual has the opportunity, along with others, to openly examine facts about alcohol and discuss the role alcohol plays in their life.

The objectives of the CRASH Education School are:

  • To inform the individual of the extent and seriousness of alcohol impairment and some of the consequences of being under the influence.
  • To provide the individual the opportunity to examine his/her own drinking and driving behavior.
  • To evaluate the individual’s relationship to alcohol and other drugs.
  • To inform the individual of the resources available to assist him/her in changing his/her behavior.

There will be a fee for the CRASH Educational School.

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Weekday (evening) CRASH School

The Evening CRASH Education School is held for four 2-1/2 hour classes. No unexcused absences or tardiness is allowed. The individual must participate in small group discussions, complete homework assignments, demonstrate knowledge of the information presented, and attend an exit interview.

For individuals who are considered first offenders, or who are court ordered to attend the program, the exit interview will determine if alcohol therapy is necessary. For individuals who are considered second offenders, successful completion of treatment will be required.

Weekend Residential CRASH School

The weekend residential CRASH program is available to individuals who have an offense that is considered a first or second offense. Individuals with a LIFE suspension are not eligible for participation in the weekend program.

The weekend program includes the CRASH intake evaluation, the CRASH Educational program, and the determination of whether or not further therapy is necessary. The program begins on Friday evening, continues all day Saturday, and ends on Sunday afternoon.

This program is offered at the following locations:

Select the appropriate link above for enrollment information.

Recent evaluation results indicate that CRASH School participants give the program high marks!

The study was done by The Change Companies, our partner in the development of an evidence based curriculum for the schools. The results are based on anonymous student course evaluations. The aggregate data shows 85% of respondents rated the CRASH program as good or excellent, 95% of respondents rated their instructor as good or excellent, and 88% of respondents indicated that the CRASH program helped them make a positive change in their high-risk alcohol or other drug use. Download the full report here.

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Treatment

If treatment is required, the individual must successfully complete a treatment program with a Licensed or Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. The Project CRASH Evaluator will explain the process and requirements to the individual at the Intake Evaluation.

Successful completion of a treatment program is determined by the counselor, the Project CRASH Evaluator, and by the Project CRASH Director or his/her designee. The fee for therapy will be determined between the individual and the counselor of his/her choice.

License Reinstatement

An individual must successfully complete the Project CRASH Program before his/her privilege to drive may be reinstated. An individual may have other requirements or suspensions that need to be satisfied before their privilege to drive may be reinstated. In these instances, the individual will need to contact the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles at 802-828-2050.

Statistics

Governor’s Highway Safety Program – 2008 Statistics

1995-1997
Average
2003-2005
Average
Percent
Change
Alcohol-related Highway Deaths 37.33 29.00 -23.31%
Young Adult (15-20) Alcohol-related Deaths 9.00 7.67 -14.78%
DUI Arrests 3,845 4,199 +9.0%
People in Treatment (CRASH & DOC) 1,060 3,214 +203%

Safetybelts Save Lives! – 60% of people who die on Vermont highways are not wearing their seatbeat.

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For additional information on Project CRASH:

Vermont Department of Health
Project CRASH

108 Cherry Street
P.O. Box 70, Drawer 27c
Burlington, Vermont 05402-0070

Office Phone: (802) 651-1574
(Toll free within Vermont: 1-800-464-4343 and ask to be transferred)
Fax: (802) 651-1573
Phone Hours: 11:00 am – 12:00 Noon, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Office Hours: 7:45 am – 4:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE:
Due to The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules, Project CRASH cannot correspond via E-Mail. Please use the phone numbers and/or address listed above for all correspondence. Thank you.

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http://healthvermont.gov/adap/treatment/crash.aspx

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