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WCS’ SCRAM Program is Featured in NHTSA Publication on Transdermal Alcohol Monitoring

Wisconsin Community Services (WCS) was featured in a recent study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The publication, Transdermal alcohol monitoring: Case studies, by McKnight, A. S., Fell, J. C., & Auld-Owens, A. (2012, August), takes a multi-year, in-depth look at six jurisdictions across the country that are utilizing transdermal alcohol monitoring technology on drunk drivers.  WCS, the largest authorized SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring) provider in Wisconsin, was recommended for the study by the manufacturer of SCRAM, Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS).  
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The objectives of the study were to determine how extensively transdermal alcohol monitoring devices are used across the country, document examples of experienced and innovative programs through case studies, and then provide these case studies as a resource for those interested in use transdermal alcohol monitoring technology to monitor offenders.   The study concluded that transdermal alcohol monitoring is increasing in prevalence, a reliable way to monitor alcohol use by offenders, more reliable than previous alcohol testing methods, and beneficial to programs that properly implement the technology.

The study, noted that on average, WCS has 300 offenders on transdermal monitoring on a given day. In 2009, more than 1,200 offenders were monitored with an 89.25 percent compliance rate, defined as zero violations of any kind. According to AMS data, this is 13 percent greater the national average. From the WCS SCRAM program’s inception in November 2005, to February 2011, WCS monitored of 4,689 people.

NHTSA is currently engaged in a third study of SCRAM transdermal monitors, which also involves WCS. This study will compare recidivism data for offenders sentenced to wear the monitors in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The recidivism study is slated for release in mid-2013.

WCS is proud of the staff members who administer our nationally-regarded SCRAM program and thrilled to be a part of such valuable national research.