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Charged with a DWI? Get an OASAS evaluation.
OASAS stands for (NYS) Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. This government office certifies treatment agencies and individual counselors to perform Drug and Alcohol Evaluations and Assessments.
If you are charged with a DWI in Monroe County, the court will very likely ask you to get a substance abuse evaluation from an OASAS-certified agency as a condition of your release. In other words, the court might release you on your own recognizance, but if you want to stay out of jail, you need to go get an evaluation. Other counties require evaluations, but not always up front.
So, where do you go to get an evaluation?
Here is the OASAS Provider Directory Search page. You can go to that page, fill in your zip code or other location information, and it will give you a list of agencies that perform drug and alcohol evaluations. I refer many of my clients to OASAS-certified substance abuse counselor Anita McLeod, LCSW, SAP. ** Her assessments are extremely thorough and include urine screens. She also includes her reasoning for the recommendation she is making- her letters aren't just a two-sentence assertion that you do (or do not) need treatment. More importantly, Ms. McLeod is prompt about returning completed assessments to us in time for court - that is something most of the major agencies have not mastered.
If you have been charged with a DWI or other alcohol/drug-related offense, please contact us for a free consultation. Our phone number is (585) 485-0025; we can help.
** Please note: Judge Ellen Yacknin in Rochester City Court only accepts assessments from agencies.