Office of Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse Services


Information and Resources for Directors and Instructors of NYS Impaired Driver Programs (IDP)

The Impaired Driver System (IDS) is now implemented for all Impaired Driver Programs across New York State. Please view the IDS FAQ page for answers to many of your questions.

The NYS Impaired Driver Program Curriculum

In collaboration with the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), OASAS has implemented an evidenced-based Impaired Driver Program (IDP) Curriculum for standardized use by IDPs statewide. The curriculum includes four hours of New York State-specific law and traffic safety information and 12 hours of Prevention Research Institute’s (PRI) PRIME For Life curriculum.

About PRIME For Life®

PRIME For Life (PFL) is an evidence-based motivational intervention used to prevent alcohol and drug problems or provide early intervention. Based on the Lifestyle Risk Reduction Model, the Transtheoretical Model, and persuasion theory, PFL is designed to gently but powerfully challenge common believes and attitudes that directly contribute to high-risk alcohol and drug use. Two primary goals of PFL are to reduce the risk of developing health problems such as alcoholism, and experiencing impairment problems such as DWI or alcohol or drug related car crashes. PRIME For Life is used statewide in impaired driving programs in twelve states.

IDP Instructors and IDP Directors who have instructor responsibilities are required to complete the 3-day PRIME For Life (PFL) Instructor Training before assuming teaching responsibilities. Program materials including PRIME For Life Trainer's Manuals, Instructor and Participant Workbooks and DVDs may not be used by any person who does not attend training. Upon successful completion of the three-day PFL training, new instructors must complete the PRI certification process after teaching their first PRIME For Life cycle in IDP.

IDP Directors without instructor responsibilities are required to attend the training to learn about the program in order to provide oversight and support implementation of PRIME For Life with fidelity.

Please view our IDP FAQ page for clarification on curriculum implementation and training requirements.

Questions about the Impaired Driver Program or becoming an instructor should be directed to NYS DMV at