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Behavioral Health Services //

Substance Abuse

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The SASSI Institute was formed in 1988 with the publication of the first Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI). The Institute conducts ongoing research and offers optional training and free clinical consultations to professionals to maximize the accuracy and utility of their instruments.

The SASSI Institute is committed to helping people who suffer from alcohol and other drug problems and the professionals who serve them. Our questionnaires are backed by over 25 years of research, one-to-one customer service, and a commitment to quality.

More than 25 years after the initial SASSI was released, we have become a leading publisher of psychological measures specializing in screening instruments for substance use disorders. In this period of time, we have devoted our research efforts to providing highly accurate screening instruments to practitioners in the helping professions, including the adult SASSI which has been revalidated three times since its initial release, and a validated Spanish language screener for Spanish-speaking adults. In addition, an accurate adolescent SASSI has been provided for practitioners to facilitate treatment assessment for teens with substance use disorders. Most recently, two customized screening instruments have been made available to accommodate clients with special needs by accurately identifying likely substance use disorders in clients who are Deaf (the SAS-ASL), and in hearing clients who require other accommodations (e.g., clients with spinal cord injuries, cognitive disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries) – the SAVR-S2.

We collaborated with Drs. Stephen Hupp and Jeremy Jewell to publish their Behaviors & Attitudes Drinking & Driving Scale (BADDS). The BADDS not only provides helpful information for the difficult task of evaluating individuals who have been arrested for DWI/DUI, but can also be used to assess the effectiveness of drinking and driving intervention programs.