What is an AOD Assessment/Screening?
A screening process is intended to be an efficient way of raising a "red flag" about the possibility of a particular problem area, and a need for a more detailed assessment that informs service planning.
Evidence suggests that early recognition of substance use/abuse can make a positive difference to the life course and quality of life of those identified with such problems. The earlier age the onset of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drug use the greater the odds of developing dependence in adulthood.
Screening and assessment are components of a staged process that aims to identify and measure the substance use-related needs and behaviors of children and adolescents. It can be difficult to determine precisely where screening ends and assessment begins. Following the screening, a recommendation or referral will be made based on the findings to an educational intervention, treatment, or counseling provider.
Screenings are a required component of the intervention process to allow serving the youth in the most appropriate way possible to prevent a recurrence of the risk behavior. In some instances, when a youth is clearly demonstrating risk behaviors and symptoms that indicate the possibility of a substance use disorder, substance use dependence, or other significant concerns, further evaluation and possibly treatment may be most appropriate. The current SAIL System consists of a variety of educational interventions and risk–reduction opportunities for youth and underage young adults. Individuals eligible for these programs will have been referred by schools, court, or parents.
What do I need to do for a Court Ordered Assessment?
Contact Starting Point of Ozaukee within 72 hours of your court appearance (numbers are on the front of the brochure) between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday.
Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete paperwork and pay fee.
Anyone suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or any other illegal substance at the time of the assessment will automatically be referred back to the court as non-compliant.
What is the fee payment policy?
A fee paid with cash, credit card or money order is due at the time of the appointment. (NO personal checks will be accepted.) Appointments must be cancelled/rescheduled at least 24 hours in advance to avoid an additional charge. Rescheduled appointments will require the increased fee if the first appointment was not cancelled 24 hours in advance. If you have rescheduled the appointment more than once, or you did not show up for your first appointment, this fee must be paid prior to your rescheduling of an assessment. All costs associated with the recommendation(s) based on the assessment (education, evaluation and/or treatment) are the responsibility of the individual or their insurance carrier.
- Schedule your assessment within 72 hours of your court date.
- Bring copies of the ticket, court receipt and/or court order to your assessment appointment,
- Bring the assessment fee in the form of cash, credit card or money order.
- Contact the court if you do not complete the recommended program/treatment within 60 days.
- Bring a parent or guardian with you for your assessment if you are under 18.
What are the consequences if I do not follow through?
It is your responsibility to keep the court informed as you progress through the recommended program; particularly if you are placed on a waiting list and your court review date occurs before or during your participation in the recommended program. Failure to schedule an assessment or complete the recommended program/treatment will activate sanctions by the court (i.e. suspension of driver’s license).