For many people driving is the key to independence. A comprehensive driving assessment performed by a CDRS (Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist) is a helpful tool in determining whether a person is safe behind the wheel. For some people, driver rehabilitation assists in regaining driving skills following an injury or illness. For others, the CDRS will evaluate whether or not it is safe to continue driving.
People with the following medical conditions may benefit from a comprehensive driver evaluation:
Anyone wishing to participate must be:
Pre-driving Clinical Assessment
Our clinical assessment may include:
Following successful completion of the clinical assessment, you will be given an on-road evaluation in a hospital-provided vehicle. The driving environment and route will be determined by the CDRS and will be based on your clinic assessment, driving goals, and training needs.
The Department of Licensing ultimately grants driving privilege. Participation in the Driver Rehabilitation Services program doesn’t eliminate your responsibility to contact the DOL with any change in medical status. You may be required to re-take all or part of the Washington State driver’s exam to show competency.
The comprehensive driving evaluation provides valuable information that assists the referring physician in filling out a medical certificate if the DOL requires it.
Driver Rehabilitation Services is typically private pay. In some cases, funding is available through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, worker’s compensation or school systems.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Rehabilitation Administration at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital at 253-697-2710.