Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP)

FACT: The cost of a DWI can run well over $1,000.

Drinking and driving behaviors have a serious impact on the citizens of Missouri. Each year thousands of people are injured or killed in alcohol-related crashes resulting in serious financial impacts on our communities.

This page contains actual DWI/DUI crashes that have happened in Missouri. Please be cautious when viewing this page among small children due to the graphic content of the pictures.

The Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health (formerly the Divisions of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Comprehensive Psychiatric Services) certifies agencies to provide services to individuals who have had an alcohol- or drug-related traffic offense. The Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP) serves more than 30,000 DWI offenders annually who are referred as a result of an administrative suspension or revocation of their driver licenses, court order, condition of probation, or plea bargain (statutes). SATOP is, by law, a required element in driver license reinstatement by the Department of Revenue.

All SATOP consumers enter the system via an Offender Management Unit. Consumers receive an assessment screening where a review of their driver record, breath alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of their arrest, computer-interpreted assessment, and an interview with a Qualified Substance Abuse Professional is conducted. Based upon the information gathered during the assessment screening, a referral is made to one of several types of SATOP service levels.