The Mississippi Alcohol Safety Education Program (MASEP) is a court-mandated intervention for first-time, driving under the influence (DUI) offenders with the goal of reducing recidivism for drug- and alcohol-related traffic offenses and increasing public safety. The program is designed to change participants’ attitudes toward alcohol and drug use, increase their motivation to change their problem behaviors, and reduce instances of driving while impaired.
MASEP is delivered once a week, over 4 consecutive weeks, for a total of 12 hours. The program is delivered at designated locations, referred to as schools. The curriculum includes problem-solving and critical-thinking skills training and gender-specific substance use information. It addresses alcohol, drug, and poly-drug use, including prescription medications. The curriculum uses guided group discussions, in-class exercises, homework assignments, handouts, lectures, and films to educate offender participants about the effects of drugs and alcohol on health and driving. These activities are meant to encourage participants to examine their alcohol and drug use and its negative impact on their lives.
Participants are required to create a DUI avoidance plan, which is discussed with group members and revised using group feedback and skills learned through the program. The participant assessment and feedback process is designed to increase participants’ motivation to change their problem behaviors. The curriculum also includes a directory of available substance use treatment services. The program is generally provided by two master’s level facilitators, but has no limit on the number of participants per group. Complete implementation of this program takes between 1 to 6 months.