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CATE Program

The mission of the CATE program is to protect citizens by eliminating repeat Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) offenses in Walworth County.

This program offers reduced jail time and fines for OWI offenders in return for active participation in and satisfactory completion of a treatment program designed to eliminate future OWI offenses.

C - CATE involves a COMMITMENT from the OWI offender, the judicial systems, the District Attorney, Community Corrections Division, Office of the Public Defender and the Department of Health and Human Services.

A - All players in the CATE program have an ACCOUNTABILITY to the commitment they make toward the success of the participants and the program

T - Every participant shall partake in a TREATMENT program that addresses and use and abuse of alcohol. The Cognitive-Behavior Approach to the Relapse Prevention Model shall serve as the core treatment.

E - The CATE program and its individual participants are subject to ongoing EVALUATION to determine the effectiveness of the treatment provided.

Eligibility and Sentencing Guidelines

  • Undergo a screening by Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services  (WCDHHS) to determine eligibility for the program.
  • Be a Walworth County resident.
  • Be a legal resident of the United States.
  • Have a pending conviction of a 3rd OWI offense. Individuals convicted of other OWI offenses may be considered from program participation in the future based on the availability of services and subject to the discretion of the court.
  • Not currently taking any psychotropic medication for any illness that might interfere with participation in or completion of the program.
  • Have no other criminal cases pending.
  • Be able to read English at least at the sixth grade level.
  • Apply in writing by completing the program application form.
  • Report to jail at the time of sentencing for mandatory minimum. 
  • Not work in a setting that requires the mixing or pouring of alocoholic drinks.

Program Components

  • CATE Screening
  • Intake Appointment
  • OWI Assessment
  • Group Therapy
  • Electronic Monitoring
  • Home Placement After Mandatory Minimum Jail Time
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