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Central Intake/Assessment for Substance Use Disorders

Programs that serve as gatekeeper agencies which evaluate individuals who are in need of services related to an alcohol or other drug use disorder and triage them for the limited number of subsidized beds that may be available in the community. Some programs may also offer medical detoxification services for people who need them.

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Drug/Alcohol Testing

Programs that administer blood, urine or breath tests or utilize other screening techniques to determine whether an individual has alcohol or other drugs in his or her system and to identify the substance involved. Sweat, saliva, tears and hair can also be analyzed for the same purpose.

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General Assessment for Substance Use Disorders

Programs that evaluate individuals who may have a drug and/or alcohol use disorder to determine the nature and extent of the problem; and which may make a recommendation regarding treatment or may refer the individual to a specific program. The service does not include a centralized triage function within the community or a formal relationship with the courts.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.