Screening is a tool used to determine whether a client is eligible, and appropriate, for admission into a particular program.
- Evaluate psychological, social, and physiological signs and symptoms of alcohol and other drug use and abuse.
- Determine the client’s eligibility and appropriateness for admission or referral.
- Identify any co-occurring conditions, such as medical, psychiatric, physical, etc. This will indicate the need for additional assessment and services.
- Abide by applicable laws, regulations, and agency policies governing alcohol and other drug abuse services.
- Select and apply appropriate screening tools
- Use interviewing techniques to gather information
- Assess the severity of the client’s disorder (substance use and co-occurring mental disorders)
- Build trust and establish rapport with your client
- Share with your client the rationale for the use of specific tools
- Explain the results obtained to your client