The Substance Awareness Traffic Offender Program (SATOP), is a state certified program that is required for those individuals who may have been ticketed or arrested for a Substance Abuse related traffic offense. These offenses include Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Driving Under the Influence (DUI), a Chemical Refusal, or a Minor in Possession (MIP). Completion of the SATOP program is required for any individual with a Missouri license in order to regain their diving privilege in this state.
Process: This is a multi-step process which includes an initial assessment screening, a required meeting with a certified SATOP counselor who will determine the appropriate level of placement based on results of the evaluation. Then assignment and completion to one of the following programs.
A 10-hour education course for minors who may have received Abuse and Lose, Minor in Possession, or Zero Tolerance offenses.
A 10-hour education course designed for lower risk consumers in understanding the choices they made that led to their intoxication and arrest.
A 20-hour level of service designed for repeat or high-risk consumers using intensive education and counseling intervention methods over a weekend of structured activities. This program is conducted in a restrictive environment.
For those individuals with numerous DWI offenses, or for whom alcohol and / or other drugs are negatively impacting their lives, this is a 50-hour outpatient counseling program consisting of individual counseling, group counseling, and group education. Ten hours must address impaired driving issues.
Individuals who have previously received treatment for drug and/or alcohol problems or who have severe dependency symptoms are referred to this 75-hour outpatient treatment program.