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Technologies to Enhance Addiction Recovery and Mental Health Services


Pending Alcohol Monitoring Legislation

House Bill – H494

“Continuous Alcohol Monitoring Law Changes”
Download - H494

CAM has proved itself to be cost-saving and life-saving in NC since 2004. H494 enables broader use. Below are some of H494 key points.

  • Enhances community safety - 24/7 monitoring deters alcohol consumption by offenders for all forms of alcohol-related crime (about 40% of all crime).
  • Greatly reduces state prison and county jail costs - est. savings over $11million of annual state/county operating expense and over $40million of avoided jail and prison construction expense. CAM = $12/day the offender pays, versus state prison = $64/day the state pays.
  • Supports rehabilitation, which reduces recidivism – as shown through a growing number of studies nationwide.
  • Consistent with the Justice Reinvestment Act H642, passed by Judiciary B, CAM enhances community-based supervision

H494 Elements
- Broadens criminal justice use of proven, state approved CAM technology all forms of alcohol-related crime

  • Authorizes court’s discretionary use of CAM for all levels of DWI .
  • Authorizes CAM as a judge-determined alternative to current NCGS minimum detention requirements for DWI, with 90+ days of CAM for Level 2 DWI conviction (versus current 7 day jail min.) and 10 days jails and 120+ days of CAM for Level 1 DWI (versus current 30 day jail minimum).
  • Specifies CAM as an “Intermediate Punishment”.
  • Provides probation officers with “discretionary authority” to impose CAM.
  • Specifies CAM for use as an alternative to detention in “driving while license revoked” (DWLR) sentencing, when the offender has a DWI conviction.
  • Specifies CAM for use in domestic violence-related sentencing.
  • Specifies CAM as a parental assessment in child custody-related cases.
  • Authorize CAM use in NC Drug Treatment Courts and DWI Courts.
  • Authorizes direct CAM fee payments by offenders to vendors – essential for continued private sector support and innovation.


Cathy, I want to thank you and others at Rehab Support for your help while I was wearing the Scram bracelet. Your prompt response to any problems or questions I had was greatly appreciated. Also, it was a comfort to have someone nice to talk to when I called. Thanks again for your help.

P.S. I had great visit with my son!

Best Wishes,

“SCRAM has changed my life so much by being able to see how alcohol can affect your life. It has taught me a great responsibility in life in general. Such as don’t drink and drive and you can also see how you act when you are intoxicated. Thank you for the opportunity to be on SCRAM. I have learned a lot thanks to you guys.”

Durham County Youth

"Every thought was about drinking, my first thought in the morning was about drinking and I planned everything around the booze... the thought of getting beer, drinking it and getting away with it. The bracelet took the wondering and obsession out of it.   It controls what you cannot control yourself.  I just got a job, my kids don't see me passed out, my house is cleaner, we have more money and I spend more time with the kids. My skin and hair are softer!  The bracelet forced me to do what I should have been doing all along and I am actually proud of myself.   I am totally for this thing; it could really help a lot of people.  I could have gotten 30 days in jail and I would have been away from my kids. I don't know if I would have ever put it down without the bracelet.  I have not thought of it as a punishment but as my savior."

Anonymous CAM User

“Being monitored on CAM gave me the chance to analyze myself without alcohol. I looked at my former bad choices because of drinking. I haven’t had a drink since May and I have a renewed relationship with my family. My wife is much happier!”

Anonymous Client

“I preferred the bracelet over the “blow & go” and obviously over jail. It allowed me to continue my life and show the powers that be I was doing what I was supposed to doing.”

Anonymous Client

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