VILLAGE OF LOS LUNAS/VALENCIA COUNTY DWI PROGRAM
“Reduce the occurrence of drinking and driving including underage drinking in Valencia County through prevention/ education, enforcement, adjudications, sanctions and treatment.”
The Village of Los Lunas/Valencia County DWI Program is grant funded through the Local DWI and Community DWI State funded grants. The following is a list of the funded components and a brief overview of the services provided by each:
The DWI program has an MOU with Rocky Mountain Offender Management Systems to monitor SCRAM electronic alcohol monitoring bracelets, which are the only alcohol monitoring bracelets that are able to provide evidence that is admissible into court for non-compliance and positive alcohol readings. Court ordered SCRAM electronic alcohol monitoring ankle bracelets are an alternative to incarceration for those convicted of alcohol-related crimes.
Implemented in July 2012, the Misdemeanor DWI Compliance Program offers supervised probation services for convicted DWI and, on a case by case basis, alcohol involved Domestic Violence offenders. Compliance Officers ensure that offenders comply fully with all court-ordered sanctions and report any violations to referring Judge/Court for probation revocation and/or further disposition.
Coordination, Planning, and Evaluation
Coordinates all the programs listed, works with DWI Planning Council’s guidance for program planning, and is responsible for over site and evaluation of all components.
Grant funding is used to fund local law enforcement agencies to perform additional operations to include: Check Points, Underage Drinking Taskforce Operations, Compliance Checks, and Saturation Patrols. Additionally, grant funding provides valuable equipment and training used in the detection, documentation, and prosecution of DWI, Underage Drinking, Sales to Minors, Social Host and/or providing alcohol to Minors. Currently all of the following law enforcement entities participate in the DWI Program Enforcement Program: Belen Police Department, Bosque Farms Police Department, Isleta Tribal Police Department, Los Lunas Police Department, Los Lunas School Resource Officers, New Mexico State Police, and Valencia County Sheriff’s Department.
Evidence-based substance abuse prevention programs and activities are available throughout Valencia County for K-12th grades and other community agencies upon request. Prevention-focused Community collaboration and coordination addresses the risk and protective factors within Valencia County with the goals of increasing resiliency, health, and safety for our youth and entire community.
Each person in Valencia County who is convicted of DWI is court ordered to go through an alcohol screening to determine the severity of the client's treatment needs surrounding alcohol and other drugs.
The DWI Program also offers an in-house, outpatient treatment program which fills a community gap of an disproportionate number of persons seeking treatment services and a limited number of substance abuse treatment providers. The Treatment program includes: client assessments, treatment plans, individual and group therapy, and auricular therapy. Auricular detoxification services provided is backed by both research and patrons utilizing this service and is deemed to be effective in treatment of anxiety and cravings.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
- Reduce the occurrence and negative consequences of DWI and Underage Drinking.
- Reduce recidivism rates of DWI.
- Work closely with law enforcement, local judicial entities, District Attorney’s office, drug court, and local treatment providers to increase positive prosecution rates for alcohol related offenses to include DWI while collaborating with agencies providing offender services to ensure the best possible outcomes to include compliance with court-ordered sanctions and reduced recidivism rates.
- Offer alternative sentencing services, with alcohol monitoring, to decrease costs of incarceration and to increase the ability of the offender to remain or become gainfully employed while serving their sentence.
- Decrease risk factors while increasing resiliency factors for all Valencia County residents in order to provide a safer, healthier place for all to live, work, and visit.
- Implement evidence-based prevention practices, programs, and policies that decrease substance abuse, underage drinking, binge drinking, and DWI.
- Create and maintain community involvement through the DWI Planning Council and through participation within other community boards/coalitions to work collaboratively towards the health, safety, and wellness of the community as a whole.
- Improve existing programs through process and outcome evaluation.