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 Course Title:   Addictions and the Law

 Title Abbreviation:   ADDICTIONS AND THE LAW

 Department:    HSERV

 Course #:    145

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    511508

 EPC:    424

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Overview of the mutual impacts of chemical dependency treatment and the legal system on each other. Guidelines and laws which affect case management and the structures and functions of courts as they affect addiction treatment. Developing a working relationship with Department of Licensing, Department of Social and Health Services and the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA).



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define legal terms used in chemical dependency case management and allied legal agencies.
  2. Outline basic WAC and RCW regulations on chemical dependency treatment.
  3. Discriminate good treatment procedures from poor ones relative to legal concerns.
  4. List and discuss roles of allied services in judicial and enforcement areas.
  5. Discuss the impact of successful treatment or changes in regulations and the laws.
  6. Develop a historical perspective in regards to the impact of alcohol and drug use on American society.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.7 Identify and evaluate connections and relationships among disciplines.

Course Contents

  1. RCW's / WAC's.
    • Uniform Act.
  2. Federal and State Court Systems.
    • Structure, jurisdictions, purpose.
  3. Department of Licensing / DASA.
    • Function and purpose.
    • Regulation.
    • Administrative hearings.
  4. Deferred Prosecution and other DUI laws.
    • Conditions.
    • Victim's panels.
    • Working with probation departments.
  5. Working with DSHS and CPS.
    • Recognizing and reporting child or elder abuse.
    • Child custody.
  6. Individual projects which should be based on hands-on experience such as court observances, ride-alongs with local police departments, and/or attendance at Victim's Panels.