South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Program
South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long, a NPAMC participant and a speaker at the inaugural meeting, created and administers the nation’s only comprehensive, statewide program aimed specifically at reducing the rates of alcohol-involved crime. Long is partnering with NPAMC to incorporate consensus-based recommendations and evaluate outcomes. The South Dakota Department of Corrections, the state Department of Human Services, and the South Dakota unified Judicial System, as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are participating in the process. The first phase of the 24/7 Sobriety Project expansion is already underway.
NPAMC formed an advisory committee involving experts from NHTSA, NIAAA, NIDA, and SAMHSA to recommend screening tools that can be used by arresting and/or booking officers to identify individuals with alcohol, drug, or mental health issues and brief intervention guides to distribute to individuals who test positive for alcohol.