What is a chemical dependency assessment?

Submitted by MikeF on 20 September, 2012 - 16:07


Assessment Information:
Standardized assessment tool for drug/alcohol abuse such as Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI), Addiction Severity Index (ASI) Teen Addiction Severity Index (T-ASI), ASI Lite, or the Addiction Society of Medicine Placement Patient Criteria Revised Version II(ASAM PPII), Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST), Substance Abuse Relapse Assessment (SARA), etc.,

admin on 20 September, 2012 - 23:17

A chemical dependency assessment is also known as an “evaluation or face-to-face interview,” This diagnostic evaluation, performed by a state certified practitioner, to determine whether a person suffers from an alcohol or drug dependency.
The evaluator may review a report of the breath or blood, hair sample test result (if any), an abstract of the person’s driving record and criminal history, and the police report. The person evaluated will also be asked to provide a urine sample for analysis.
The results of the evaluation are then prepared in a written form, usually the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) form for Placement Criteria in the diagnosis, indicating the level of care recommended, if any.
The evaluator will describe the sources of information considered and the interview results, and concludes with a diagnosis.
Federal law prohibits disclosure of the assessment without the person’s specific written consent.

admin on 20 September, 2012 - 23:09