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Frequently Asked Questions

What changes have been made in response to COVID-19?

6/18/20: Due to the threat of COVID-19 and TCNJ campus closure, the IDRC office will be physically closed until further notice. Additionally, all in-person IDRC classes have been cancelled until further notice. At this time, the 12-hour IDRC classes are being offered online. If you are interested in taking your IDRC class online, please send us an email at merceridrc@tcnj.edu. 

Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your IDRC requirements, please contact us via email at merceridrc@tcnj.edu. Ensure to include your first name, last name, and date of birth in order for us to provide accurate information regarding your case. Please note that any emails containing foul or disrespectful language will not be responded to.


Will you be offering the 12-hour IDRC classes online?

Yes we are! We are currently offering the 12-hour IDRC course online. If you are interested, please send an email to merceridrc@tcnj.edu.


What do the online IDRC classes entail?

In order to take the 12-hour IDRC class online, you first must send an email to merceridrc@tcnj.edu to let us know that you are interested. Once we receive your email, we will respond with the online class requirements as well as the next online class date.

In order to participate in the class, you must have access to a fully charged device with audio, microphone, and video capabilities. The two day (12 hour) class will run for 6 hours each day, so your device will need to last for this duration. The class will take place via Zoom. When you are registered for an online class, a private Zoom link will be sent to you the day before.

In addition to the 12-hour online class, you MUST also participate in the screening, which will be scheduled during the week following class. The screening should not take more than 30 minutes of your time, and has always been a mandatory component of the IDRC program. More information will be provided to you when you sign up for the class.


When will in-person classes resume?

At this time, all in-person classes are on hold until further notice. We do not have a solid answer as to when our in-person courses will be back up and running. Our priority in this situation is the safety and wellbeing of our clients and staff members. As soon as we have more information, we will update our site. For the time being, please continue to check our website for important information and updates.

 


How do I schedule my IDRC class?

Once you are convicted of a DUI, the court will send your information to the State Intoxicated Driving Program (IDP), and you will be automatically scheduled for the next available IDRC class in your county of residence. If you do not attend the first IDRC class you are scheduled for, you must contact your county IDRC to reschedule. Please see “What if I cannot attend my IDRC class?”


I did not receive my scheduling letter/class dates for the IDRC class. 

If you were recently convicted of a DUI and have not received a scheduling letter with your class date on it, contact your county IDRC. Please ensure that the IDRC has your current address on file, and ensure to notify the IDRC of any address changes. You must update your address with BOTH the sentencing court AND the IDRC.


What happens at the IDRC class?

First, you will submit the IDRC program fee of $264 (via online payment or mail in a money order). When you attend the class, you will check in and receive a workbook and paperwork to complete. You will attend the 12-hour educational program. During this program you will participate in a substance use screening. The screening consists of meeting with a counselor for a personal evaluation interview.


What if I cannot attend my IDRC Class? How do I reschedule?

If you fail to attend your initial court-ordered IDRC class date, you will be considered non-compliant with IDRC (see “What happens if I do not participate?). In order to be rescheduled for the next available class, you must submit payment online with a credit card or send in a money order in the amount of $264.00. If you have already submitted payment, please call the IDRC office to request a reschedule.

Please be advised that all absences are considered unexcused unless the IDRC receives verification of a documented emergency. If you have a documented emergency (i.e. medical, family, or work) and cannot attend class as scheduled, please fax verification to the Mercer County IDRC office as soon as possible (fax: 609-637-5235).


What happens if I do not participate?

If you fail to complete your 12-hour IDRC program or do not satisfactorily complete a prescribed assessment, treatment, or self-help program, your case will be referred back to the sentencing court and your driver’s license may be indefinitely suspended until all IDRC/IDP requirements have been satisfied. This includes the IDRC educational program as well as any indicated assessment or treatment. The court may also impose a two-day jail sentence for program non-compliance.


What does the IDRC Education Program consist of?

The education program, which is part of the 12- and 48- hour IDRC, contains information on:

  • Alcohol, drugs, and their effects on driving ability
  • The New Jersey Intoxicated Driving Law
  • Social and problem drinking
  • Substance abuse
  • Family and social relationships


What happens after I have been detained and screened?

You may be referred to a treatment provider for a substance use assessment as part of your IDRC requirements. If you are referred for further assessment and treatment is clinically recommended by the treatment provider, the IDRC is responsible to monitor your treatment during this period. This is a requirement of the IDRC and is indicated on the court order.

If you are not referred for further assessment or monitoring based on the screening, the IDRC will update the sentencing court and state IDP directly upon completion of the 12-hour class. Please be advised that the IDRC will only report to the sentencing court.


When will my driving privileges be restored?

The IDP/IDRC Program is responsible for providing client education and compliance monitoring. Your driving privilege is maintained by the NJ MVC and will be restored when you have satisfied all court and MVC-imposed suspensions and once you are in compliance with all IDRC requirements.


Am I in compliance with the IDRC?

Non-Compliance information is communicated to clients via mail. Please ensure to check and update the IDRC of any address changes immediately. Even if you update your address with the court, you still MUST contact IDRC to update your address as well. A case may be placed into non-compliance for reasons such as, but not limited to:

  • Failure to pay for/attend your court-ordered IDRC class
  • Failure to attend required assessment
  • Failure to engage in treatment if recommended following assessment
  • Treatment non-compliance (e.g. tardiness, unexcused absences, positive UDS, etc.).

If you are not sure of your case status, please contact the Mercer County IDRC. It is extremely important to check the status of your case as non-compliance will result in further license suspension and the sentencing court will be notified. Additionally, the court may impose a two-day jail sentence for program non-compliance.

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