The Risk Reduction Program (PRIME for Life)

21 Years of age or older at the time of offense, or youthful offenders who have reached the age of 21 or older when they register to take a program.

All adult offenders, with a first offense or more than one offense within a period of 10 years will take the 20-hour DEEP Risk Reduction Program, including completion of the "PRIME for Life" curriculum. Participants in the Risk Reduction Program will receive in-depth education regarding high-risk alcohol and drug choices to assist them in identifying and changing high-risk behaviors. Participants will complete a preliminary assessment instrument designed to screen for risk factors for substance abuse problems. Individuals found to be at higher risk will be referred to a DEEP- certified community-based service provider for a clinical substance abuse evaluation to determine if there is evidence of a problem that needs treatment. If there is a substance abuse problem evident, the individual will be referred to counseling and required to complete the prescribed treatment services, which are determined according to DEEP's regulatory guidelines and the needs of the individual.

Twenty Hour Risk Reduction Program

  • Call 207-626-8600 to register
  • Fee = $300.00
  • Payment by Money Order or Credit or Debit Card only, with a $10.00 processing fee for credit or debit card payment

Any evaluation or treatment services must be provided by a DEEP-certified counselor or agency that is approved by the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. A statewide listing of approved providers is available by calling DEEP at 207-626-8600.

Counselors and agencies certified to provide services are private businesses, and individuals receiving those services must pay for them. Several providers have a sliding fee scale, and many will accept insurance or MaineCare.

The DEEP does not have an online course, all services must be completed in person. Individuals should contact the DEEP Office at (207) 626-8600 to sign up for a DEEP Program.