Drinking Driver Rehabilitation Program
(Project CRASH)

For CRASH Information

If you need to register for CRASH classes, click HERE. Otherwise, call (802) 651-1574, Monday through Thursday between 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon.

For general inquiries, please email

The CRASH Program has been designed to provide information to help the individual understand clearly how alcohol, and other drugs, affect behavior and driving skills so that an individual can prevent trouble in the future.

In Vermont, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. A motor vehicle may be any type of motorized vehicle, including, but not limited to, snowmobiles, motor boats, and all terrain vehicles.

If an individual’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or higher and they are driving a motor vehicle, the individual may be charged with a DWI. In certain circumstances, an individual may be charged with a DWI with a BAC of less than .08%.

If an individual under the age of 21 has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .02% or higher and they are driving a motor vehicle, their privilege to drive may be suspended and/or they may be charged with a DWI.

Basic CRASH Information

How To Begin the CRASH Process

Project CRASH Programs

For Further Information

How To Begin the CRASH Program

The CRASH Program begins with an Intake Evaluation session. The Project CRASH Evaluator will notify the individual of what further requirements will need to be met in order to successfully complete the CRASH Program. There will be a fee for the Intake Evaluation.

NOTE: Individuals with a first or second offense may choose to participate in the Weekend Program. Individuals with a LIFE suspension are not eligible to participate in the weekend program; however, they are required to register and complete the Project CRASH Educational School Program located in their area.

The Project CRASH Programs are held at the following locations. Please call the facility in your area.

Region Agency Phone
Bennington Phoenix House (802) 257-1147
Brattleboro Phoenix House (802) 257-1147
Burlington HowardCenter (802) 488-6150
Hartford Health Care & Rehabilitation Services (802-886-4500
Middlebury Counseling Service of Addison County (802) 388-6751
Montpelier Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services (802) 223-4156
Morrisville Behavioral Medicine (802) 888-8320
Newport Northeast Kingdom Human Services (802) 334-5246
Rutland Rutland Mental Health (802) 747-3588
St. Albans HowardCenter (802) 488-6274
St. Johnsbury Northeast Kingdom Human Services (802) 748-1682
Springfield Health Care & Rehabilitation Services (802) 886-4500

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Project CRASH Programs

The Project CRASH Educational School

Through lecture, reading materials, videos, and small group discussions, the individual has the opportunity, along with others, to openly examine facts about alcohol and discuss the role alcohol plays in their life.

The objectives of the CRASH Education School are:

  • To inform the individual of the extent and seriousness of alcohol impairment and some of the consequences of being under the influence.
  • To provide the individual the opportunity to examine his/her own drinking and driving behavior.
  • To evaluate the individual's relationship to alcohol and other drugs.
  • To inform the individual of the resources available to assist him/her in changing his/her behavior.

There will be a fee for the CRASH Educational School.

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Weekday (evening) CRASH School

The Evening CRASH Education School is held for four 2-1/2 hour classes. No unexcused absences or tardiness is allowed. The individual must participate in small group discussions, complete homework assignments, demonstrate knowledge of the information presented, and attend an exit interview.

For individuals who are considered first offenders, or who are court ordered to attend the program, the exit interview will determine if alcohol therapy is necessary. For individuals who are considered second offenders, successful completion of treatment will be required.

Weekend CRASH School

The weekend CRASH program is available to individuals who have an offense that is considered a first or second offense. Individuals with a LIFE suspension are not eligible for participation in the weekend program.

The weekend program includes the CRASH intake evaluation, the CRASH Educational program, and the determination of whether or not further therapy is necessary. The program begins on Friday evening, continues all day Saturday, and ends on Sunday afternoon.

This program is offered at the following locations:

Select the appropriate link above for enrollment information.

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If treatment is required, the individual must successfully complete a treatment program with a Licensed or Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. The Project CRASH Evaluator will explain the process and requirements to the individual at the Intake Evaluation.

Successful completion of a treatment program is determined by the counselor, the Project CRASH Evaluator, and by the Project CRASH Director or his/her designee. The fee for therapy will be determined between the individual and the counselor of his/her choice.

Project CRASH Treatment Information

License Reinstatement

An individual must successfully complete the Project CRASH Program before his/her privilege to drive may be reinstated. An individual may have other requirements or suspensions that need to be satisfied before their privilege to drive may be reinstated. In these instances, the individual will need to contact the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles at 802-828-2050.

Total Abstinence Application PDF document

You will only have one chance to prove Total Abstinence for license reinstatement after a life suspension. If you have lost your license because of DWIs, civil suspensions, and/or refusals, you may apply for license reinstatement with proof of the required three-year period of abstinence from all alcohol and drugs and the successful completion of a treatment program.

Please Note:
The State of Vermont Project CRASH Program requires all CRASH clients to take a state licensed DWI/DUI education program. There are Project CRASH equivalent state licensed DWI/DUI education programs in all states. For contact information for acceptable out of state education programs, please contact the Vermont Project CRASH Program at: 802-651-1574. In addition, online DWI/DUI education programs will not be recognized by the State of Vermont Project CRASH Program for fulfillment of license reinstatement requirements.

For additional information on Project CRASH:

Vermont Department of Health
Project CRASH

108 Cherry Street
P.O. Box 70
Burlington, Vermont 05402-0070

Office Phone: (802) 651-1574
(Toll free within Vermont: 1-800-464-4343 and ask to be transferred)
Fax: (802) 651-1564
Phone Hours: 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon, Monday through Thursday
Office Hours: 7:45 am - 4:30 pm

Due to The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules, the Project CRASH Program can correspond with all CRASH clients, counselors, family member(s), attorney, any state DMV including Vermont, etc. providing that the Project CRASH Program has a signed State of Vermont Project CRASH Release of Confidential Information form. Please click the following link to complete and mail the original form to the Project CRASH Program to be added to the Project CRASH client's file. The mailing address can be found at the bottom of the form. The Project CRASH Program will not be able to release any information without having this form on hand.

Project CRASH Release of Confidential Information

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