Westchester County

Patricia McCarthy Tomassi

112 East Post Road, Third Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
United States

(914) 995-4117

Victim Impact Panels 2021                         Click for "VIP frequently asked questions"


VIP meetings are still virtual

Due to COVID-19 and the current county and state safety regulations in place, we are currently unable to conduct any in-person Victim Impact Panels. We are continuing to virutally conduct Victim Impact Panels. It is strongly encouraged that anyone interested in attending the Virtual Victim Impact panel should check this website frequently for updates.

As stated above, a $100 fee (plus a vendor processing fee) is required for individuals who are mandated to attend. At this time we are unable to accommodate the request by family members or guests of those required to attend a Victim Impact Panel to participate as well in the event; however, that may be re-evaluated in the future.

Virtual Victim Impact Panel meetings will be held on the following Thursdays during 2021:

Oct. 21 - English speaking VIP

Oct. 28 - Spanish speaking VIP

Dec. 9  (due to Holidays) - English speaking VIP

Dec. 16 - Spanish speaking VIP

Sign-in begins at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m.

For additional information and to register, read the FAQ's or call (914) 995-8338.

Debido a COVID-19 y las regulaciones de seguridad actuales del condado y el estado vigentes, actualmente no podemos realizar ningún Panel de Impacto de Víctimas en persona. Continuamos llevando a cabo virutalmente paneles de impacto de víctimas. Se recomienda encarecidamente que cualquier persona interesada en asistir al panel virtual de Impacto de Víctimas debe consultar este sitio web con frecuencia para obtener actualizaciones.

Como se indicó anteriormente, se requiere una tarifa de $ 100 (más una tarifa de procesamiento del proveedor) para las personas que tienen el mandato de asistir. En este momento no podemos satisfacer la solicitud de los miembros de la familia o invitados de aquellos que deben asistir a un Panel de Impacto de víctimas para participar también en el evento; sin embargo, eso puede ser reevaluado en el futuro.

Las reuniones del Panel Virtual de Impacto en las Víctimas se llevarán a cabo los siguientes jueves durante 2021:

Oct. 21 - English speaking VIP

Oct. 28 - Spanish speaking VIP

Dec. 9  (due to Holidays) - English speaking VIP

Dec. 16 - Spanish speaking VIP

El inicio de sesión comienza a las 6:30 p.m. y el programa comienza a las 7 p.m.

Para obtener información adicional y para registrarse, lea las preguntas frecuentes o llame al (914) 995-8338.



Red Zone” is the first 8-10 weeks on any college campus where students are at highest risk of assault, injury or overdose.

Stop DWI is part of a series of events for Red Zone Prevention at SUNY and marked with a pledge to keep each student and their peers safe. 

The Westchester County Public Safety Driving Simulator System helps to demonstrate how weather, road conditions, night driving and alcohol or drug use can affect a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.  The Simulator is brought not only to local schools for various assemblies and events but also to community events.  On a recent National Night Out, the Simulator was one of the key exhibits to show the community about the dangers of drunk and impaired driving.  Simulator%202021.jpg

 Westchester Office of Drug Abuse Prevention & STOP-DWI in conjunction with the Westchester Coalition for Drug & Alcohol Free Youth sponsored a two day DITEP (Drug Identification Training for Education Professionals) for 24 Westchester County middle and high school  resource officers,  nurses and health care workers at Student Assistance Services Conference in Tarrytown.   DITEP Instructor, Doug Paquette, a NY State Trooper and  Coordinator-Impaired Driving Enforcement Programs, conducted the training.  Continuing Education credits were issued. 


As part of the Public Information and Education Initiative, the STOP-DW Office works closely with the Westchester Coalition for Drug & Alcohol Free Youth.  The Coalition is an “umbrella coalition” for over 30 school-based and community coalitions in Westchester County whose task it is to carry on prevention focused initiatives about underage drinking and drug use.  These initiatives implement research-based strategies to raise awareness about the dangers of underage drinking and drug use. 

For more information, please visit:  http://powertotheparent.org/

Vaping has exploded among Westchester teens but most youth are still making the healthy decision to remain vape-free.  In celebration of these healthy teens, Westchester County and the Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth in conjunction with the Office of Drug Abuse Prevention and STOP-DWI celebrated these teens and their lung healthy decision on April 18th. Hosted by Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, the event included a giant inflatable lung exhibit, student testimonials and important health information about vaping’s dangerous effects on developing lungs. The event was scheduled just two days before April 20 (4/20).  In recent years, April 20th has become known as a day when some people across the country gather to use marijuana, including vaping marijuana concentrates. The event was part of a campaign to reclaim the day, support teens who choose not to use, and highlight the potential dangers of marijuana and vaping on the developing body and brain.

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Westchester County, the Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth and the Office of Drug Abuse Prevention and STOP-DWI declared 4/20 as “Healthy Teen Brain Day” to help combat the use of marijuana. The event included a giant inflatable brain exhibit, student testimonials and important information about marijuana’s dangerous effects on developing minds. In recent years, April 20th has become known as a day when some people across the country gather to smoke marijuana and promote cannabis culture; “Healthy Teen Brain Day” is a way of reclaiming the day and celebrating those who choose not to use the drug while highlighting its potential dangers. (click here for complete press release)



VIP Frequently Asked Questions:

1.            Is there a cost to attend a Westchester County Victim Impact Panel?

YES.  For those requiring proof of attendance there is a non-refundable $100.00.  For guests there is a $20.00 fee.  Accepted forms of payment are money order, certified check, or credit card using GOVPAY.NET - Cash will not be accepted.

2.            How long does the panel last?

Panels routinely last approximately 2 ½ hours.

3.            Will I be breathalyzed upon entering the panel location?

YES. everyone attending the victim impact panel will be breathalyzed after making payment and prior to entering the panel room.  Anyone testing positive will be denied entry to the panel room and forfeit payment.

4.            Can I pay online or by phone?

YES.  Telephone/online payments can be made at GOVPAYNOW.COM or

call (888)604-7888 and pay the required fee using PLC# 7370.  It is recommended you print the receipt and bring it with you to registration.

5.            How do I verify to the Court that I attended?

At the end of the panel you will receive a non-replaceable certificate verifying your attendance.

6.            What happens if I lose my certificate?

If you lose your certificate you must attend another victim impact panel and pay the fee again.  There are no exceptions.

7.            What if I don’t have the money, can I still attend the panel?

No.  The fee must be paid in full, and partial payments are not accepted.

Victim Impact Panels in Westchester County are sponsored by:  The Westchester County Probation Department, The Westchester County STOP DWI Program and the Westchester County Chapter of Mothers against Drunk Driving.

DWI is a serious crime. Please Don’t Drink and Drive


Panel De Victimas De Conductores Ebrio: Preguntas y Respuestas


1.            Hay un costo para asistir a un Panel De Victimas De Conductores Ebrio?

Si. Para aquellos que requieren prueba de assistencia hay una entrada de $100.00 (efectivo o giro postal) para los huespedes hay una entrada de $20.00. Formas de pago aceptadas son giro postal, cheque certificado o tarjeta de crédito utilizando GOVPAY.NET - no se aceptará dinero en efectivo.

2.            Cuanto tiempo dura el panel?

Los paneles duran aproximadamente 2 horas y media.

3.            Tendre que tomar una prueba de alcohol al entrar en el panel?

Si. Usted tendra que someterse a una prueba de alcohol despues de pagar la entrada pero antes de entrar al panel. Cualquiera que pruebe positivo se le negara la entrada al panel y perderan el pago de entrada.

4.            Puedo pagar en linea o por telefono?

Si. Puede ir a GOVPAYNOW.COM o llamar al (888) 604-7888 y pagar la entrada requerida utilizando PLC#7370. Se recomienda que imprima el recibo y lo traiga con usted.

5.            Como puedo verificar ante el tribunal que asisti?

Al final del panel, usted recibira un certificado verificando su asistencia

6.            Que sucede si pierdo mi certificado?

Si pierde su certificado tiene que asistir a otro Panel De Victimas De Conductores Ebrio y pagar la entrada de Nuevo. No hay excepciones.

7.            Que pasa si no tengo el dinero puedo todavia asistir el Panel De Victimas De Conductores Ebrio?

No. No también se aceptan pagos parciales.

Los Paneles De Victimas De Conductores Ebrio esta Patrocinados por:  El Departamento de Probatoria del Condado de Westchester, El programa de STOP-DWI del Condado de Westchester y MADD (Madres Contra Conductores Ebrios de Westchester)

DWI es un delito grave. Por favor, no tomes y manejes.