Driving With Care
Itasca County Probation delivers the Driving with Care Level II Education Program for individuals required by either the courts or as a condition for driver's license reinstatement by the Department of Public Safety. Driving with Care (DWC) is a cognitive behavioral education program designed specifically for DWI offenders. DWC shows clients the linkage between their behaviors, thoughts and attitudes. Clients learn about their own thinking patterns around chemical use/misuse, and develop skills and strategies to prevent relapse and impaired driving recidivism.
The Level II Education program is 12 weeks long, consisting of 1 session per week - two hours in length. Homework is assigned at each session and must be completed prior to the following week.
Clients may be referred as a specific recommendation of their chemical use assessment or may be referred directly by their supervising agent. While some clients may be court ordered at sentencing to complete the program as a special condition, others may be referred in response to a violation or informal sanctioning conference. The program requires a reading/writing level of roughly the Ninth grade.
The program fee is $150. Clients may work off up to $130 of the fee via approved Community Work Service (CWS). CWS hours are to be approved by the Itasca County Probation Department. The entire fee (and/or CWS hours) is to be satisfied by the completion date of the program.
All referrals are to be submitted to Jason Anderson.
Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Program
Outpatient juvenile sex offender treatment is delivered at the Itasca County Probation Department through a contract with CORE Treatment Services out of Brainerd, MN. A Minnesota Department of Corrections grant provides funding for the majority of this program, although participants are expected to pay a small monthly co-pay to offset costs. This availability of this program allows for a less-restrictive treatment environment for juveniles, oftentimes avoiding or minimizing the duration of more costly and restrictive out-of-home placements.
3rd Millennium Classrooms for Juvenile Alcohol / Marijuana / Shoplifting Offenses
Itasca County utilizes online classes for juvenile alcohol, marijuana and shoplifting programming. The probation department will provide the juvenile and his/her parent or guardian with the links to the appropriate course (Alcohol-Wise JV, Marijuana 101 JV, Parent-Wise JV and StopLifting JV). For alcohol and marijuana cases, the expectation of the Court is that the parent/guardian complete the Parent-Wise JV Program. There is a $60 fee for each course (Parent-Wise JV is free however) and payment must be made via credit card on the 3rd Millennium website. If Internet connectivity is an issue or you have difficulty in paying the $60 fee, consult with your probation officer.