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We are still open and providing services in person and online during the COVID19 pandemic. Please read this entire page for further information and answers to many frequently asked questions. We are able to provide online DUI classes recognized by California during COVID-19. Please note this is different than most “Online” programs, we are licensed by California DHCS and have physical offices in the state of California.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever or other symptoms such as body aches, cough, loss of taste, or difficulty breathing call your healthcare provider. For life threatening emergencies, dial 911. If you would like to be tested for coronavirus you can make an appointment through Riverside County Public Health at https://gettested.ruhealth.org/. Riverside County COVID19 Vaccine information can be found at https://rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine
If you have been feeling down, sad, or alone, visit www.takemyhand.co. If you are struggling with alcohol or other drugs and need additional help, email email@example.com or call our office to schedule a meeting with a counselor to discuss additional services.
For other resources please visit our Partners and Resources page.
In person classes are being held at the Indio and Palm Springs offices, please call us if you would like to attend in person classes. PLEASE NOTE: OUR PALM SPRINGS OFFICE HAS MOVED. New address: 431 S Palm Canyon Drive Suite 202. We are continuing to see intakes in person AND via telehealth (Zoom). We are continuing our telehealth Intake, Transfer in, Group, Face to Face, and Education classes through at least December of 2022. We will extend our telehealth class schedule one month at a time. We can provide services to anyone with a Riverside County DUI or a DUI from any other court/county in California. We can also provide services if you got your DUI in another state but have moved to California.
If you are coming to the office for in person classes or an office appointment please wear a mask/face-cover. Due to the length of our in person classes (2 hours) and the fact that everyone is sitting together in a room we are still requiring masks regardless of vaccination status. PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE OFFICE IF YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID19, ARE FEELING SYMPTOMS, OR IF ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD MEETS THE CRITERIA ABOVE.
To attend telehealth (online) classes you will need to return the remote client services form, please call our office and we will send via email and you can sign electronically. If you have not already enrolled in the program please call us to schedule your enrollment appointment before signing up for telehealth classes. You will also need to create a free zoom account. Make sure to remember the username (your email address) and password (you will create one). You will need to sign into your zoom account using the email address and password you created in order to join the class. If you are using the zoom app to join you must sign into the app using your email address and password. If you are using a browser to join you will need to sign into your account at www.zoom.us using your email address and password. After signing in to the app or the website then click the link from the approval email to join the meeting.
Please register and pay for all classes at least 72 hours (3 days) in advance. You can register more than 72 hours in advance but not less than 72 hours in advance. One week in advance is preferred if possible. Payments can be made at https://www.theawarenessgroup.org/pay/
We recommend keeping track of your class registrations and attendance using a digital calendar (outlook, apple calendar, google, etc) or a physical calendar. Write down the date and type of class you registered for, the date you paid, and the date the approval was received. If you have not received approval/denial and class is scheduled to begin in 24 hours or less please call the office.
If you sign up for a class and then do not attend it will count as an absence and there will be a $20 fee. If you request a class but later decide to change to a different day, time, or cancel there will also be a $20 fee, as long as you contact us before missing it will not count as an absence. You must sign up for one class every week. If you need to take more than 2 weeks off then you will need to request a leave of absence and provide documentation of why you need time off from the program. Each leave of absence has a $20 processing fee and will extend the length of your program.
Zoom recommends adding firstname.lastname@example.org to your “safe sender” email list to make sure approval messages do not go to your spam/junk folder. This article may also help you find zoom messages if you are having difficulty.
If you need assistance joining a Zoom meeting please see this article. You can also call us to schedule an appointment for training on how to use Zoom.
To join a test meeting to check your speakers, camera, and microphone please visit this page.
When it is time to join the meeting MAKE SURE YOU ARE SIGNED INTO THE ZOOM APP USING YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND PASSWORD then use the link in your approval email or calendar reminder to join. Trying to join using the meeting ID and passcode without being signed in (using your email address and password) will not work. Please join 10-20 minutes in advance to work out any technical difficulties. If you join the meeting late you will not be allowed into class.
We recommend joining the meeting via laptop or tablet. If you must use your phone we recommend you have a stand of some sort–it is tiring to hold your phone for two hours. Please make sure your device is plugged in or has enough battery life to last the entire session.
You must be alone and in a quiet, private location to attend class or face to face. You cannot be taking care of children or otherwise distracted with household or work tasks. YOU MUST NOT BE DRIVING or in a vehicle with other people. You can attend from a vehicle if that’s the only private location but make sure you have a strong WiFi/Cell signal and the vehicle cannot be moving. Virtual backgrounds are not allowed during class. Please be dressed appropriately (no overly revealing attire or drug/alcohol references on your clothing). Breaking any of the telehealth rules will result in being removed from class. Repeated violations of the rules may result in loss of telehealth privileges.
Class Registration Information
Please find your program below to find out which classes to register for. Click here for more information about the number of classes required for each program.
- SB38 (Multiple offender program): Register for group one week, register for face to face the next week. Continue alternating Group, face to face, group face to face, group, face to face. Can attend 1 education per week as well until all 6 educations are complete. If you are going to attend two classes in the same week (group and education OR face to face and education) please make a $62 payment to cover $31 for each class.
- SB1176 (Wet reckless): register for 1 education per week. Register for 1 face to face (exit interview) after all 6 educations are complete and you have submitted 3 self-help meetings.
- AB541 (3 month first offender): register for 1 group OR 1 education per week. Register for 1 face to face when halfway through the program and another face to face after completing all groups/educations/self-help meetings. CAN attend group/education + face to face the same week. Please do not register for your exit interview until after completing all other requirements.
- AB1353 (9 month first offender): register for 1 group OR 1 face to face OR 1 education per week. CANNOT attend group/education + face to face the same week.
- AB762 (6 month first offender): register for 1 group OR 1 face to face OR 1 education per week. CANNOT attend group/education + face to face the same week.
- All DUI classes are $31 each. Please make your payment prior to registering for class. If you are going to attend two classes in the same week please make a $62 payment instead of $31.
Available classes are listed below, all group and education classes are 2 hours in length.
Click to register for the Monday 4pm GROUP (Register no later than the Friday before at 4pm)
Click to register for the Tuesday 7pm GROUP (Register no later than the Saturday before at 7pm)
PLEASE NOTE: The Tuesday 7pm class is the most popular group. It often fills up more than 72 hours in advance. We highly recommend choosing a different session if your schedule can accommodate a different day and time.
Click to register for the Wednesday 10am GROUP (Register no later than the Sunday before at 10am)
Click to register for the Wednesday 5:00 GROUP (Register no later than the Sunday before at 5:00pm)
Click to register for the Friday 1pm GROUP (Register no later than the Tuesday before at 1:00pm)
Click to register for the Friday 3:30pm GROUP (Register no later than the Tuesday before at 3:30pm)
(Face to face and Phase II/Re-Entry classes are further below)
Click to register for the Thursday 10am-12pm EDUCATION (Register no later than the Monday before at 10:00am)
Click to register for the Thursday 5pm EDUCATION (Register no later than the Monday before at 5:00pm)
Face to face (F2F) / Individual session / One on One / Exit Interview
When joining a face to face do not be alarmed if you see a screen saying “Thank you for joining an Awareness Group telehealth session! If this is a FACE TO FACE session you are waiting in line and will be seen in the order that you arrived. Please wait in front of your computer/device and be ready when the counselor lets you into the meeting” this means you are waiting in line and will be seen in the order that you arrived.
Any participants that need FACE to FACE (Individual session) can
register for the Tuesday 1:00pm-2:30pm session here, (Register no later than the Saturday before at 1pm)
the Tuesday 2:30pm-4pm session here, the (Register no later than the Saturday before at 2:30pm)
Tuesday 4pm-6pm session here, the (Register no later than the Saturday before at 4pm)
Friday 12:30pm-2pm session here, the (Register no later than the Tuesday before at 12:30pm)
Friday 2pm-3:30pm session here, or the (Register no later than the Tuesday before at 2:00pm)
Friday 3:30pm-5pm session here (Register no later than the Tuesday before at 3:30pm)
Individuals are held via Zoom and will be seen first come first served. After registering and paying you will receive the meeting link. The counselor will allow one person into the meeting at a time from the waiting room. Do not be alarmed if you see a screen saying “Thank you for joining an Awareness Group telehealth session! If this is a FACE TO FACE session you are waiting in line and will be seen in the order that you arrived. Please wait in front of your computer/device and be ready when the counselor lets you into the meeting” this means you are waiting in line and will be seen in the order that you arrived.
Phase II / Re-Entry (final 6 months of the SB38 program)
You can attend one phase II class per calendar month. Each phase II class is $20 and is a 1 hour group class.
All participants that need a PHASE II / RE-ENTRY Session can register for the Wednesday 7:30pm class here.
Phase II/Re-entry are typically held the first and last Wednesdays of the month, schedule may change or sessions may be added occasionally. For August 2022 classes will be held the 3rd, 10th, and 31st.
SELF-HELP MEETING INFORMATION
To satisfy the self-help meeting attendance requirement here are your options (including two alternatives to in person AA/NA meetings). These options are available to those attending via telehealth and to those attending in person classes. All programs require one meeting every other week (or two meetings per month). Please allow 72 hours after submitting meetings for them to be entered. Credit will be given for one meeting attended every two weeks (2 meetings per month). You can attend more frequently if it is beneficial for you but we can only give credit for one meeting every two weeks. If you would like to verify credit was entered please wait 72 hours after submitting and then call the office.
- Attend an in-person AA, NA, Al-anon, SMART Recovery, or other approved self-help meeting. Have the secretary of the meeting sign your blue card (or other court provided card). Turn your blue card in to your counselor (for in person classes) OR submit to the front office OR email a photo/scan to email@example.com
- Register at stepchat.com where there are a variety of online 12 step meetings. You will need to make an account. After attending and participating in a meeting you must fill out the “Request Meeting Attendance Confirmation” form. Forward this confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will enter your self-help meeting attendance. Click here for information on how to log on to stepchat and how to navigate to a meeting room. Click here for tips for chat meetings. Click here for answers to other frequently asked questions including how to get confirmation of meeting attendance.
- SMART Recovery meetings will be held via Zoom every Friday from 9am to 10:30am. The meeting ID is 914 8619 0580 and the passcode is Beacon20 (case sensitive). Learn more about SMART Recovery here. The SMART recovery facilitator of the Friday 9am meeting will email proof of attendance directly to Awareness Group, no signature is required. Please note this is the only SMART recovery meeting accepted unless you are able to get your blue card signed at an in person meeting.
We thank you for your patience and participation. We look forward to helping you continue making progress toward regaining your driver’s license and achieving your other goals.
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