Program in force in Otter Tail County for 12 years

Otter Tail County’s DWI Treatment Court, for the past 12 years, has provided counseling and positive reinforcement to people convicted of DWIs.

Cooperative procedures are in place in conjunction with the Minnesota Seventh Judicial District. These procedures were reinformed by the county board of commissioners on Sept. 29.

DWI Courts provide counseling and positive reinforcement to people convicted of DWIs.

The DWI Court is a collaborative effort among county Human Services employees, the County Sheriff Office, area police departments, county probation employees, Court Administration and the County Attorney Office.

County residents who have overcome addiction to alcohol, through the Otter Tail County DWI Court program, have conveyed their success stories to county commissioners in recent years.

When Otter Tail County started this program in 2008, the county was one of only three counties in the state of Minnesota with a DWI Court program. A short while later 16 counties in Minnesota had similar programs.”

The program includes four phases over approximately 78 weeks. Phase five includes graduation followed by staff support for several more weeks.

Keys to success for the person in the DWI Court program include having a never give up attitude, examining past errors, making amends for those errors, learning to live with a new life and a new code of behavior and helping others who suffer the same alcoholism, addictions or compulsions.