The activities encompassed in the function of assessment serve to coordinate all aspects of the client's involvement in the drug and alcohol service delivery system. This function, which is primarily focused on the determination of needed resources, includes a LOC assessment that identifies the need for drug and alcohol treatment as well as a LOCM assessment that determines the need for non-treatment services.

Intensive Case Management
ICM services are designed for those individuals who present with multiple needs and lack the skills or resources to meet those needs. the two primary goals of case management are:

  1. To increase client retention in and completion of drug and alcohol treatment in order to move clients toward recovery and self-sufficiency.

  2. To increase client access to core services such as psychiatric care and secure living environments.

The underlying principle of Intensive Case Management services is to increase an individual's level of self-sufficiency based on the client's needs in one or more of 12 domains.

The primary requirement of screening is to determine if emergent care services are warranted. Screening can be conducted by telephone or in person. Initial referrals may come from a number of different entities including: intake units, emergency rooms, the criminal justice system, juvenille justice system, primary health care providers, individual practitioners, mental health agencies, child welfare system, family, employers, self-referrals, schools, treatment facilities, clergy, and other social service agencies.

The purpose of screening is to obtain information to ascertain if emergent care is needed in the following areas:

  • Detoxification
  • Prenatal Care
  • Perinatal Care
  • Psychiatric Care
  • To motivate and refer, if necessary,
    for a LOC assessment or other services