The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Middlesex County, Inc. has launched a Web-based interactive screening tool designed to provide users with appropriate referrals to addiction treatment services. NCADD already operates a confidential Information and Referral Helpline, assisting nearly a thousand individuals and their families each year.
The NCADD Self-Administered Screening Tool guides the user through a short series of questions and, based on the responses, generates two referrals to treatment providers local to Middlesex County, New Jersey and its immediate vicinity. While not intended to diagnose a substance abuse problem, the Tool utilizes the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Patient Placement Criteria to provide referrals to programs that are appropriate to the user’s needs. The ASAM Criteria is the most widely used and comprehensive criteria used for placement of individuals with alcohol and other drug problems.
Once the referral list is generated, the user will then need to contact the provider directly to arrange for a complete assessment and intake, if appropriate. The tool is not designed to take the place of an assessment by an addictions professional, but it will take the guesswork out of where to turn for help. “Finding appropriate treatment is a daunting task, so this tool is valuable because it provides clear direction for where to start,” stated Liga.
The Self-Administered Screening Tool is available at NCADD’s website (www.ncadd-middlesex.org) by clicking on the “Get Help” button at the top of the screen. Of course, if you would rather speak to an addiction professional in person, NCADD’s Helpline is still available at 732-254-3344.
The NCADD Self-Administered Screening Tool was developed in collaboration with industry-leading training and consulting firm Mindcross Training. The two organizations have also partnered to launch NCADD’s e-Learning initiative, which is designed to provide educators and addiction professionals with access to training outside of the traditional in a class-room setting. Additional information about NCADD’s eLearning initiatives can be obtained by visiting www.ncadd-elearning.org.