If you, a family member, or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, a good place to start is with a chemical health assessment.


Assessments are designed to address all areas impacted by substance use. Whether that be emotional, social, cultural, spiritual, physical, mental, or vocational, etc.


Because a person’s problems can affect the entire family, we also believe your family’s involvement in your assessment is often essential. Whenever possible, we encourage family members to participate in the assessment.

Important Points:
  • Drew Horowitz & Associates is eligible to provide chemical health assessments for most leading insurance companies in the country.
  • We have the ability to get quick responses from insurance companies to expedite the treatment process.


General Questions:

What is a chemical dependency assessment?
Also known as an “evaluation,” a chemical dependency assessment is a diagnostic evaluation, performed by a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor, to determine whether a person suffers from an alcohol or drug dependency. The results of the evaluation are then prepared in a written form. The written evaluation is often used to determine the appropriate level of care for a person to receive substance abuse treatment. Most evaluations need to be sent to the person’s insurance company and potential treatment provider in order to get approved for admission.

How is the evaluation done?
Minnesota State law requires that the assement be performed in a face-to-face interview. The evaluator may use diagnostic tests such as the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) and the Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST). Assessors at Drew Horowitz & Associates, LLC use the Minnesota Rule 25 format as a tool to evaluate a person’s substance use.

The evaluator will gather information from the person about his or her past and current use of alcohol and drugs, prior alcohol/drug treatment or education, relapse history, and legal history.

What information is considered?
In addition to the interview, the evaluator will consider the severity of 6 different dimensions:
A. Acute intoxication and/or withdrawal potential
B. Biomedical conditions and complications
C. Emotional, behavioral & Cognitive conditions and complications
D. Readiness to change
E. Relapse, continued use, Continued Problem
F. Recovery living environment

What is in the written assessment?
The evaluator describes the sources of information considered and the interview results and concludes with a diagnosis. The evaluator may cite the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Placement Criteria in the diagnosis, indicating the level of care recommended, if any.

What if there is insufficient evidence of substance abuse or dependence?
In that event, the evaluator will usually recommend that the person attends a low-intensity outpatient treatment program or continue with a more thorough evaluation.

Are the results of the assessment confidential?
Federal law prohibits disclosure of the assessment without the person’s specific written consent. However, the agency may ask for the person’s consent to allow disclosure to the desired treatment center or insurance company.

How do I move forward with a chemical dependency assessment?
Call 651-698-7358 to schedule your assessment.