Fond du Lac County Residents Only
Wisconsin Law requires that those convicted of operating while intoxicated (OWI), implied consent refusal or causing injury or death through OWI must be referred to an approved assessment facility in the county the driver lives in.
WHAT IS AN ASSESSMENT?
An assessment consists of an interview with a licensed substance abuse counselor/IDP assessor. The focus of this interview is to determine the scope of the individual's alcohol and/or other drug use, and based on that determination, to develop a Driver Safety Plan which may include one or more of the following: Traffic Safety School (Group Dynamics or Multiple Offenders), Outpatient Counseling (intensive, individual and/or group) or Inpatient Treatment. Assessment and treatment costs are paid by the driver. Information gathered during the assessment includes a social and family history as well as specifics about your alcohol/drug use.
The assessment can take up to 2 hours, and in some cases a second visit may be required.
All information is confidential in keeping with federal and state regulations.
The Department of Transportation and court system encourage cooperation with the assessment and Driver Safety Plan as drivers who do not comply with either face suspension of their driver's license.
HOW TO SCHEDULE AN ASSESSMENT
The assessment center for Fond du Lac County is:
Fond du Lac County Department of Community Programs 459 East First Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935 (920) 929-3565
- YOU MUST APPEAR IN PERSON WITHIN 72 HOURS of your court appearance to complete necessary paperwork, pay your fee and schedule your appointment. Scheduling an appointment can occur Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm. The latest possible appointment time for the assessment itself is 3:00pm.
- There is a $260 fee and by law, this fee can not be waived or reduced. This fee must be paid at the time you schedule your appointment for the assessment. Payment may be made by cash, personal check or money order. Insurance will not pay for this assessment.
- If you fail to keep your scheduled assessment appointment, or fail to give 24 hour notice to cancel your appointment, you will be required to pay an additional $130 before the next appointment date and time will be given to you.
- Costs involved in the Driver Safety Plan program vary. You will be responsible for paying for any educational or treatment programs. Bring your insurance card(s) with you to your appointment. While insurance will NOT pay for the assessment, it may cover certain types of Driver Safety Plans.
- You will be required to bring an adult family member/relative, 21 years of age or older, who knows you well, to your scheduled appointment to provide collateral information to the assessor.
WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT
- An ADULT family member or relative, 21 years of age or older, who knows you well.
- Your Health Insurance cards.
- A copy of your court order (if you have it).