N.J. Admin. Code § 10:162-4.2 - Criteria for client referral

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) The purpose of the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center screening is to identify clients who may have a substance use disorder or who need a structured intervention into their alcohol or drug use.
(b) A referral for further evaluation by the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center or Intoxicated Driving Program shall take into consideration the following facts as relevant to a client's need for further evaluation:
1. The client is a repeater;
2. A blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or higher, as evidenced by the client's arrest record if he or she pled guilty, or if convicted at trial with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or higher. Blood alcohol concentration shall only be used to refer where other supporting information exists that indicates a need for treatment;
3. A counselor's evaluation of the answers recorded on the evaluation instrument based on the definition of substance use disorder;
4. Any prior outpatient or inpatient substance use disorder treatment;
5. Any prior self-help group attendance for a substance use disorder or related to alcohol or drug use;
6. Driving record. There must be a clear, independent reason for a treatment referral other than the driving record; however, a driving record that includes motor vehicle or boat accidents, reckless or careless driving, or persistent moving or other motor vehicle violations shall be considered in making a treatment referral and shall be mentioned on any client evaluation documents;
7. Counselor interview and observations. All counselor observations and data used to determine treatment appropriateness shall be documented. They may include symptoms of substance use disorder including voluntary admission by the client that an alcohol or drug problem exists. A counselor's evaluation based on documented observations and data that a client has, or may have, a substance use disorder is sufficient to refer a client for further evaluation;
8. Outside information. The Intoxicated Driver Resource Center/Intoxicated Driving Program staff may receive information from outside sources such as a client's family, treatment facilities, counselors, or physicians. Such information may be utilized if the source of the information is disclosed to the client and he or she is given the opportunity to review and comment on the information;
9. Age. The age of an offender may be considered as a factor, but only in addition to other criteria listed in this subsection indicating the appropriateness of a referral for further evaluation;
10. Test results. The results of any current or prior alcohol and/or drug tests indicating the presence of alcohol and/or drugs in the client's system (for example, blood, hair, saliva, urine); or
11. As otherwise clinically indicated, with documentation supporting the need for further evaluation.


N.J. Admin. Code § 10:162-4.2
Amended by 50 N.J.R. 1489(a), effective 7/2/2018

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