01 Nov

DWI Education Programs: Things to Consider

DWI Education Programs

DWI Education Programs

DWI Education ProgramsYou may be ordered to attend, one of many, DWI Education Programs, if you are arrested and charged for driving while intoxicated. Every case is slightly different, but you maybe able to avoid jail time , reduce probation time or lessen fines by accepting , a court ordered, DWI education program.

If your Blood-Alcohol-Concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or higher, you can be charged for DWI in Baltimore. In fact, You can can be charged with DWI anywhere in the state of Maryland if you are found to have Blood-Alcohol-Concentration (BAC) above 0.08%! See Maryland (DWI laws here) Many people who are found at the lower end of the Blood-Alcohol-Concentration (BAC) spectrum but fail on a field sobriety test end getting charged with DWI. Officer judgment is a major factor in whether you are determined to be in violation of the law and arrested.

First DWI Offense:

  • License suspension: Maximum 6 months.
  • Fine: $500
  • Imprisonment: Up to 2 months
  • 8 points on your license

Second DWI Offense:

  • License suspension: Maximum 12 months.
  • Fine: $500
  • Imprisonment: Up to 1 year
  • 8 points on your license

Penalties for DWI can be higher if you have a passenger who is a minor or if it is your third offense.

So you find yourself in a situation that will require DWI Education Programs.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a program to join.

  1. Does the DWI program meet state requirements. This is very important because you don’t want to spend time enrolling and completing a program, only to find out that the courts will not recognize the program you completed. The Court may be able to provide you with a list of approved programs, but if not, be sure to ask if the program you are considering meets the requirements of the Court.
  2. Fees and Insurances Accepted. DWI Education Programs can be expensive. Inquire about any out of pocket fees that are required and when those fees are due. Ask if the program accepts insurance and if so, what types and how much of the fees it will cover. This, of course, depends on whether or not you have insurance or the type of insurance that the program will accept.
  3. Program Hours of Operation. You want to be sure that the program you choose has operating hours that work with your schedule. Does the program offer evening or weekend hours?
  4. Location. It is less stressful to attend a program that is easily accessible. Consider your transportation options and travel time. You don’t want to be late arriving, or worse, miss classes due to lack of transportation. Consider travel requirements if there is bad weather.

They main thing is to ask questions. There are no dumb questions and the more information you can gather, the better informed your decision can be. You want to be successful in completing your DWI Education Program so do your homework and choose a program wisely.

Essential Behavioral Health Services Inc. provides DWI Education Programs in Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding counties.

24 Aug

Adult PRP


Adult PRP = Adult Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program

Adult Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Adult PRP ServicesAdult PRP psychiatric rehabilitation promotes recovery, full community integration and improved quality of life for persons who have been diagnosed with mental health condition(s) that seriously impairs their ability to lead meaningful lives. Psychiatric rehabilitation services are collaborative, person directed and individualized. These services should be evidence-based, focusing on helping individuals develop skills and access resources needed to increase their capacity to be successful in the living, working, learning, and social environments.

Core Adult PRP Principles

Principle 1:  convey hope and respect, and believe that all individuals have the capacity for learning and growth.

Principle 2:  recognize that culture is central to recovery, and strive to ensure that all services are culturally relevant to individuals receiving services.

Principle 3: engage in the processes of informed and shared decision‐making and facilitate partnerships with other persons identified by the individual receiving services.

Principle 4: build on the strengths and capabilities of individuals.

Principle 5: are person‐centered; they are designed to address the unique needs of individuals, consistent with their values, hopes and aspirations.

Principle 6: support full integration of people in recovery into their communities where they can exercise their rights of citizenship, as well as to accept the responsibilities and explore the opportunities that come with being a member of a community and a larger society.

Principle 7: promote self‐determination and empowerment. All individuals have the right to make their own decisions, including decisions about the types of services and supports they receive.

Principle 8: facilitate the development of personal support networks by utilizing natural supports within communities, peer support initiatives, and self‐ and mutual‐help groups.

Principle 9: strive to help individuals improve the quality of all aspects of their lives; including social, occupational, educational, residential, intellectual, spiritual and financial.

Principle 10: promote health and wellness, encouraging individuals to develop and use individualized wellness plans.

Principle 11: emphasize evidence‐based, promising, and emerging best practices that produce outcomes congruent with personal recovery. Programs include structured program evaluation and quality improvement mechanisms that actively involve persons receiving services.

Principle 12: must be readily accessible to all individuals whenever they need them. These services also should be well coordinated and integrated with other psychiatric, medical, and holistic treatments and practices.


When choosing an Adult PRP service provider:

  1. Consider the consistency and efficiency of the services provided – you want a program that maintains scheduled meeting and/or sessions. Time is valuable, so you want to, not only be able to rely on schedules being kept, you also want to always be delayed!
  2. How ‘acceptable’ the program staff are – you want staff that are friendly, accessible and dedicated to their clients
  3. Does the program allow or facilitate access to other resources that can assist in treatment – You want a program that can help you identify and access additional services and/or resources to support and further your treatment.

Essential Behavioral Health Services believes in these PRP core principles and applies them to each and every person to whom they provide services. When providing Adult PRP services, these principles become even more important because EBHS that adults should take part and have input into their treatment plans and/or options. With more than 40 years experience in delivering community based treatment for mental illness, EBHS provides personal and effective Adult PRP services.

05 Jul

Facts about Alcohol and Alcoholism


Alcohol Facts :

  1. 88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use
  2. Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation
  3. Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.5 million years of potential life lost annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death
  4. Up to 40% of all hospital beds in the United States (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients) are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption

alcohol-428392_640Drinking responsibly, for some, means NOT drinking at all. Recognize the signs of alcoholism. Understanding some of the “red flags” of possible alcohol abuse can go a long way in knowing when you or a loved one needs help. Every individual is unique, so everyone will not display every “sign” related to abusive behavior. The list below should be used as a general guide which should be considered along with an individual’s personality, their ‘normal’ habits and/ or behaviors and overall health. Also consider changes in attitude or disposition.

Signs of Alcoholism:

  • Lying About and/or Hiding Your Drinking
  • Drinking to Relax or Feel Better
  • “Blacking Out” Regularly
  • Being Incapable of Stopping Once You Start
  • Drinking in Dangerous or Risky Situations
  • Neglecting Your Responsibilities to Drink or After Drinking
  • Having Trouble in Your Relationships
  • Being Able to Drink More Than You Used To
  • Experiencing Withdrawal or Sickness when you Don’t Drink
  • Trying to Quit but Being Unable to Stop

It should be understood that experiencing just one of these signs doesn’t mean that you are a problem drinker or an alcoholic, but if you’re experiencing a few of them or if you see several signs in a friend or loved one, there is a very strong possibility that the drinking has gone too far.

If you find that you or a loved one is drinking too much and need help; there is help available! You can get help here.

02 Jun

Behavioral Health: Remove the Stigma

EBHS behavioral health

EBHS behavioral healthBehavioral health, as with any other health related issues, can be a touchy subject. “Behavioral health” is used to describe the connection between our behaviors and the health and well-being of the body and mind. This includes behaviors such as drug use, drinking, or managing life events that either immediately or over time impact physical and/or mental health.

Although there have been huge improvements to how health issues are perceived over the years, there are still negative connotations that accompany the idea of a person needing help with behavioral health issues.

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