Travis County Counseling
and Education Services
Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) Screening/Assessment & Family Violence Programs
If registering for an AOD class only, you will need to go to the CES Service Center (located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Suite 102) Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The amount of class fees are listed below by clicking on the class then class schedule and are required at the time of registration.
Registrations take up to an hour to complete. Your referral and/or court paperwork and class fee are required at the time of registration.
The Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) Screening/Assessments are conducted at the Service Center location at 5501 Airport Blvd., Suite 102. The screenings are conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., or 3:00 p.m. for English and on Monday or Friday at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., or 3:00 p.m. for Spanish.
Screenings can take up to two (2) hours to complete. No appointment is necessary. A follow up appointment may be required to complete your assessment. Cost of AOD is $55.00 due at the time of screening/assessment. Money Order or Cashier's Check made out to CES, no personal checks, cash or credit cards.
The Family Violence (FV) assessments are conducted at the Intake Office, 1010 Lavaca St., second floor. You will need to call (512) 854-9540 and make an appointment. (There is metered parking only).
Assessment can take 2-2 1/2 hours to complete. If you need to reschedule your appointment please call 48 hours in advance (two business days) to avoid a $15 rescheduling fee. Cost of FV assessment is $55.00 due at the time of assessment. Money Order or Cashier's Check made out to CES, no personal checks, cash or credit cards.
Family Violence Assessments
TCCES began providing Family Violence Assessments for Travis County with the inception of the designated Family Violence Court #4 in 1999. These clients are mainly referred by Pretrial and receive an assessment consisting of the use of screening instruments, an in-depth interview, a review of their criminal history, as well as a victim statement. An appropriate level of intervention is then assessed by one of TCCES licensed counselors and a referral is made to a Batterer Intervention Program (BIP).
A client referred to TCCES with a family violence offense will also be assessed for alcohol/drug. TCCES, as well as, the Family Violence Court #4, and the BIP providers are members of the Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force.
TCCES completes an in-depth diagnostic assessment that measures the degree of alcohol/drug problems a defendant has outside of the current alcohol/drug offense. A person may not be chemically dependent but be considered a problem user or in a high-risk category for substance abuse.
The assessment consists of the use of screening instruments and an in-depth interview with the offender. The end result is a complete profile of the offender. The interview explores employment, family relationships, living arrangements, criminal history, medical and psychological history, alcohol and other drug use history, prior alcohol and other drug education or treatment and a review of the offenders' responses on the screening instruments.
A recommendation is made for a certain level of counseling based on the
results of the assessment. There are certain courses offenders must take
by law if convicted of certain offenses. This must also be considered
in deciding the appropriate counseling needs for each client.
This program is an eight hour group curriculum which is offered in two four hour group meetings. This program is geared for clients assessed in the potential problem range due to some moderate negative symptoms in addition to their chemically mediated arrest.
This program was created to supplement the DSHS 12 hour DWI class curriculum..
This program is a twelve hour psychoeducational group format. This group format which was expanded from 10 to 12 hours in FY00 is focused on identifying signs and symptoms in the progression of problematic drinking and is geared towards clients assessed in the lower level problematic range, who are clearly non-chemically dependent.
In our continuum of recommendations this program is combined with the DSHS 12 hour DWI class to generate a 24hour psychoeducational group format. This program is designed for clients assessed in the problem non-chemically dependent range.
Article 6687b, Section 24B, amended 1993, states that the driver's license of any person convicted of a misdemeanor or felony drug offense shall be automatically suspended for 180 days, effective August 1993. In addition, a convicted drug offender must attend and successfully complete the 15 hour drug offender program in order to have their license reinstated or their licenses will be suspended indefinitely.
Upon completion of the class, the department completes the forms required by DPS for each participant successfully completing the program. In addition, DPS and DSHS require that a Drug certificate monitored by DSHS be given to those participants who need the class for license purposes. The certificates must be monitored through serial numbers per DSHS standards. The department was certified by DSHS as a Drug Offender Education Program provider on September 1, 1993.
Article 42.12 Section 13 (j) (SB.1067) states that all persons convicted of a subsequent DWI on or after September 1, 1993 are required to attend and successfully complete, as a condition of community supervision and before the end of the defendant's period of driver's license suspension, an education program for repeat DWI offenders approved by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), e.g., the DWI Intervention program.The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will revoke the driver's license of those who fail to complete the class indefinitely until the class is completed.
Upon completing the program, the department completes the forms that DPS requires for each participant attending the program due to the subsequent DWI conviction. The department has been a DSHS certified DWI Intervention program provider since April 1, 1993.
Any person convicted of their first DWI misdemeanor offense and placed on community supervision (probation) is required by law (Article 42.12, Section 13, Paragraph H) to participate in the DWI Education Program within 181 days after being placed on probation. The penalty for failing to participate in the class within the specified time is the suspension of the driver's license by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for one year.
Upon completing the class, the department forwards the forms required by DPS for those clients who successfully complete the class to their probation officer. Additional clients take this class as a requirement of the Travis County courts system to meet their alcohol and drug educational needs as assessed by the Intake & Assessment Office e.g., deferred prosecution cases, public intoxication offenses. The department has been certified by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) as a DWI Education provider since May 1, 1982.
This class for minors (defined as under age 21) who attempts to purchase, possess, or consume alcohol or misrepresent one's age can be found guilty of Minor in Possession (MIP) according to the Alcohol Beverage Code 106.07111. Minors who are charged with DUI are also required to take this class. The curriculum was specifically designed for a young age group of clients under age 21. TCCES offers the MIP class for minors that are age 17 or older. Clients that are younger have a number of other options available in the community.
This program curriculum is a combination of a five hour curriculum created for "Public Intoxication and Other Alcohol/Drug Related Offenses" by Dr. Maurice Dennis from Texas A&M and a three hour component created by TCCES. This eight hour curriculum and program is for Class C misdemeanor referrals from Municipal Court. These clients are not assessed unless specifically requested by the referring court. This class is offered in an all day format two Saturdays each month.