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Guideline for Drug Courts on Screening and Assessment By U.S. Department of Justice
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Screening and assessment are often described as discrete events completed by using specific instruments. In fact, screening and assessment are part of an ongoing decision-making process that examines... More > information on substance abuse and criminal history, motivation for treatment, educational and employment factors, and other problem areas. Information gathered during screening and assessment is used to develop a treatment plan that will be updated over time to reflect participant progress, significant life events (e.g., relapse, changes in living arrangements), and changing service needs. While use of structured instruments is a core element of screening and assessment, this activity must be supplemented by an individual interview, review of archival materials (e.g., criminal justice records, treatment records, drug test results, employment records), clinical observation, and discussions with probation officers, family members, or significant others.< Less