Terra Nova DDP has three locations in the Sacramento area. I made a point of visiting each of the locations and spent some time speaking with the director since I had many of the same questions you probably have. I’ll cover many of the questions and the answers I was given below.
In some instances, what I was told and what is on Terra Nova's website differs.
Near Natomas Area
4700 Northgate Blvd., Ste 122(Corner of Northgate Blvd. & Del Paso Rd.)
Sacramento, CA 95834
Mondays 8:30 - 4:30 Lunch 12:00 - 12:30
Tuesdays 11:30 - 6:00 Lunch 2:30 - 3:30
Wednesday 11:30 - 6:00 Lunch 2:30 - 3:30
Thursdays 11:30 - 6:00 Lunch 2:30 - 3:30
Fridays 8:30 - 6:00 Lunch 2:30 - 3:30
Saturday 8:30 - 4:30 Lunch 11:15 - 11:45
Near Carmichael & Fair Oaks Area
5777 Madison Avenue, Ste 590(Corner of Madison Ave. & Manzanita Ave.)
Sacramento, CA 95841
Tuesdays 8:30 – 4:00
Wednesdays 8:30 – 4:00
Fridays 11:30 – 4:00Saturdays 8:30 – 5:00 Groups only
Near Downtown Sacramento
2012 H Street, Ste 101 & 102 (Corner of 20th & H Street)
Sacramento, CA 95811
Thursday: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
3:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Closed Saturdays and Sundays
Which of your facilities have Saturday hours?
The Northgate Boulevard and Madison Avenue facilities offer classes on Saturdays.
What are the different programs offered?
There is a Wet Reckless class that is 6 weeks for a total of 12 hours. There are three levels of First Offender Programs. They are 3 months for a total of 30 hours, 6 months for a total of 45 hours and 9 months for a total of 60 hours. Then there is the Multiple Offender Program that lasts 18 months.
Why are there different lengths of First Offender Programs?
All courts order a 3 month or 9 month class. The 9 month class is ordered for BACs of .20 or higher, refusal of chemical test cases and Wet 2nds. The 3 month class is ordered for BACs below .20. In some courts like Sacramento, the 6 month class is ordered on cases with BACs of .15-.19.
Do each of the Terra Nova locations offer all the classes?
The Northgate Blvd. and H Street locations offer all classes. The Madison Ave. location only offers the Wet and First Offender Programs.
What are the costs of the different classes?
The Wet Class is $300.00, the First Offender 3 month is $675.00, the 6 month is $860.00, the 9 month is $1140.00 and the Multiple Offender 18 month class is $1700.00.
Do you offer payment plans?
How many different ways can you tell somebody that it’s dangerous to drink and drive?
Our topics for Education are alcoholism and addiction, medical aspects, family consequences, legal aspects, alternatives and choices, chemical dependency, alcohol and nutrition, attitude and behaviors, DUI consequences and distracted driving.
How many hours or weeks is Education?
It’s for 6 weeks. It can be done anywhere in the program as long as it’s done.
How do you deliver the Education? Is that something that they can sit on the computer and do on their own?
No computer. It’s usually a couple of films to watch, then a counselor or facilitator takes over.
How many people are allowed in the various classes?
We can have 15 people in the process group and 35 in an education group.
What happens if a person misses class?
The number of allowed absences depends on the length of the program. The Wet Program allows 2 absences, the 3 month class allows 5 absences, the 6 and 9 month classes allow 7 absences and the 18 month class allows 10 absences.
If a person is going to be on an extended work trip or vacation or too ill to attend, how do you handle that?
A leave of absence from the program is allowed with proof of the trip or illness.
If someone shows up under the influence do you send them back to court?
If they’re already enrolled we have to. If they haven’t enrolled yet, we don’t but we don’t let them drive away either. We tell them to have someone pick them up.