What is a chemical health assessment?
A chemical health assessment is a tool used to determine how your chemical use is impacting your life. The information gathered during a chemical assessment helps the assessor evaluate the severity of any chemical abuse or dependency concerns, and what type of treatment might be most beneficial to you in your circumstances.
Chemical health assessor’s use nationally accepted and professionally developed standards for identifying patterns of substance use, abuse and dependence. The assessment indicates where you are on the continuum of chemical use, abuse or dependency. Not everyone requiring an assessment is addicted to alcohol or drugs.
You may seek a chemical health assessment for a variety of reasons including:
- Concern about your own use of chemicals (including alcohol and other drugs).
- A request from a concerned family member or friend.
- Legal issues such as a DWI, underage consumption or possession charge.
- Concern about what type of treatment is appropriate for you.
A chemical health assessment is conducted by a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and typically lasts about 90 minutes. During the assessment you will be asked questions about different areas of your life including: your chemical use history, physical and mental health, your relationships, and your current living situation. This information helps the assessor make a recommendations based on your individual needs.
As part of the chemical health assessment process, you will be required to provide the names of persons who are familiar with your use of alcohol or drugs. Obtaining another person’s viewpoint about your chemical use history is required as part of any credible assessment. In order for the assessor to speak with others regarding your chemical use history you must sign a written consent. This consent does not grant the assessor permission to share information about you, it simply gives permission to share that you are completing a chemical health assessment and allows them to collect information regarding their observations of your chemical use.
All chemical health assessments are private and confidential. No one will have access to your assessment without your written consent.
The cost of a Chemical Health Assessment is $150.00. Valhalla Place accepts most private and public insurance. You will be required to pay any coinsurance or co-pay at the time of the assessment.
To schedule a Chemical Health Assessment with Valhalla Place, please call Jan Hlavac at 651.925.8200 or email JanH@valhallaplace.com.