169A.70 ALCOHOL SAFETY PROGRAMS; CHEMICAL USE ASSESSMENTS.
Subdivision 1. Alcohol safety programs; establishment.
(a) The county board of every
county shall establish an alcohol safety program designed to provide chemical use assessments of
persons convicted of an offense enumerated in subdivision 2.
(b) County boards may enter into an agreement to establish a regional alcohol safety
program. County boards may contract with other counties and agencies for alcohol problem
screening and chemical use assessment services.
Subd. 2. Chemical use assessment requirement.
A chemical use assessment must be
conducted and an assessment report submitted to the court and to the Department of Public Safety
by the county agency administering the alcohol safety program when:
(1) the defendant is convicted of an offense described in section
(alcohol-related school bus and Head Start bus driving), or
(impaired aircraft operation); or
(2) the defendant is arrested for committing an offense described in clause (1) but is
convicted of another offense arising out of the circumstances surrounding the arrest.
Subd. 3. Assessment report.
(a) The assessment report must be on a form prescribed by
the commissioner and shall contain an evaluation of the convicted defendant concerning the
defendant's prior traffic and criminal record, characteristics and history of alcohol and chemical
use problems, and amenability to rehabilitation through the alcohol safety program. The report is
classified as private data on individuals as defined in section
13.02, subdivision 12
(b) The assessment report must include:
(1) a diagnosis of the nature of the offender's chemical and alcohol involvement;
(2) an assessment of the severity level of the involvement;
(3) a recommended level of care for the offender in accordance with the criteria contained
in rules adopted by the commissioner of human services under section
254A.03, subdivision 3
(chemical dependency treatment rules);
(4) an assessment of the offender's placement needs;
(5) recommendations for other appropriate remedial action or care, including aftercare
services in section
254B.01, subdivision 3
, that may consist of educational programs, one-on-one
counseling, a program or type of treatment that addresses mental health concerns, or a
combination of them; and
(6) a specific explanation why no level of care or action was recommended, if applicable.
Subd. 4. Assessor standards; rules; assessment time limits.
A chemical use assessment
required by this section must be conducted by an assessor appointed by the court. The assessor
must meet the training and qualification requirements of rules adopted by the commissioner of
human services under section
254A.03, subdivision 3
(chemical dependency treatment rules).
(law enforcement data), the assessor shall have access to any
police reports, laboratory test results, and other law enforcement data relating to the current
offense or previous offenses that are necessary to complete the evaluation. An assessor providing
an assessment under this section may not have any direct or shared financial interest or referral
relationship resulting in shared financial gain with a treatment provider, except as authorized
, subdivision 3. If an independent assessor is not available, the court
may use the services of an assessor authorized to perform assessments for the county social
services agency under a variance granted under rules adopted by the commissioner of human
services under section
254A.03, subdivision 3
. An appointment for the defendant to undergo
the assessment must be made by the court, a court services probation officer, or the court
administrator as soon as possible but in no case more than one week after the defendant's court
appearance. The assessment must be completed no later than three weeks after the defendant's
court appearance. If the assessment is not performed within this time limit, the county where the
defendant is to be sentenced shall perform the assessment. The county of financial responsibility
must be determined under chapter 256G.
Subd. 5. Applicability to nonresident.
This section does not apply to a person who is not a
resident of the state of Minnesota at the time of the offense and at the time of the assessment.
Subd. 6. Method of assessment.
(a) As used in this subdivision, "collateral contact" means
an oral or written communication initiated by an assessor for the purpose of gathering information
from an individual or agency, other than the offender, to verify or supplement information
provided by the offender during an assessment under this section. The term includes contacts with
family members and criminal justice agencies.
(b) An assessment conducted under this section must include at least one personal interview
with the offender designed to make a determination about the extent of the offender's past
and present chemical and alcohol use or abuse. It must also include collateral contacts and a
review of relevant records or reports regarding the offender including, but not limited to, police
reports, arrest reports, driving records, chemical testing records, and test refusal records. If the
offender has a probation officer, the officer must be the subject of a collateral contact under this
subdivision. If an assessor is unable to make collateral contacts, the assessor shall specify why
collateral contacts were not made.
Subd. 7. Preconviction assessment.
(a) The court may not accept a chemical use assessment
conducted before conviction as a substitute for the assessment required by this section unless the
court ensures that the preconviction assessment meets the standards described in this section.
(b) If the commissioner of public safety is making a decision regarding reinstating a person's
driver's license based on a chemical use assessment, the commissioner shall ensure that the
assessment meets the standards described in this section.
History: 2000 c 478 art 1 s 38; 2005 c 136 art 18 s 8-10; 2007 c 147 art 12 s 9