Chemical Health Assessments

What is a Comprehensive Assessment for Chemical Health in Minnesota?

A Comprehensive Chemical Health Assessment (call   612-249-3656 to schedule an appointment) is a meeting between a mental health clinician and a person that may have a substance abuse or chemical dependency problem, which assesses overall chemical health. The mental health clinician follows MN state assessment guidelines, as directed by Minnesota Laws and the MN Department of Human Services. The Comprehensive Assessment is also referred to as a Chemical Use Assessment, Rule 25 assessment, Chemical Dependency Evaluation, or Alcohol Assessment. Assessments can take place throughout Minnesota such as in Minneapolis, St. Paul, other parts of Hennepin County or Ramsey County, Anoka County, Washington County, Scott County or Dakota County.

The mental health clinician is generally a MN state-licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and will be the professional that interviews you about your alcohol or drug use. Questions explore different areas of a person’s life, including: chemical use history, physical health, mental stability, medications, past alcohol / drug treatment experiences, day-to-day life, and any legal issues such as drug possession, DWI, DUI, or civil / family court cases. Following the Comprehensive chemical health assessment, a recommendation letter with results is provided to the assessed person and others who may need it - such as lawyers, judges, and/or corrections agents.

It is important that you select a medical professional to conduct your Comprehensive Chemical Health Assessment that has advanced training in addictive disorders so that you do not get misdiagnosed or referred inappropriately into rehab.

The respected National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse released a report titled Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice. This report points out that ineffective treatment and misdiagnosis happen often. This is because many Alcohol and Drug Counselors in Minnesota often lack advanced addiction education and expertise. In fact, for many years a chemical health assessor needed little more than a 30-hour training to conduct rule 25 assessments and make addiction diagnoses. In other areas of medicine, several years of advanced education and practical experience is required to make diagnoses.

Another concern is that people seeking Chemical Health Assessments at for-profit rehabs may have conflicting interests. In this scenario, the rehab assessor may have an underlying bias to make referrals into their own programs, which are sometimes inappropriate. For example, an individual with mild alcohol abuse that wants to learn evidenced-based approaches to alcohol moderation, is referred into an abstinence-based rehab program. Or, a person with an addiction to opiates is put into a talk therapy program that does not offer effective medication-assisted therapies.

Where should I go for a Comprehensive Chemical Health Assessment in MN?

Michael,   612-249-3656, is a Harvard-educated mental health clinician working in private practice through Avitity Health. Michael has a profound understanding of addiction and wrote the book, A Frenzied Mind: Clarifying the science behind addictive disorders

Selecting an expert like Michael for your Comprehensive Chemical Health Assessment has numerous benefits:

You will secure a personal advocate who will go above and beyond for you.
Collaboration will occur. Michael works for you, not a for-profit treatment center or state agency.
Your wants and needs come first, not a treatment centers profit margin.
Your assessment is confidential and can be kept off your permanent medical record.
No risk of being mislabeled an “addict,” “alcoholic,” having a chemical dependency issue.
No risk of excessive or inappropriate “rehab” or addiction treatment.
If you’re seeking help to moderate or quit chemical use because of substance abuse or chemical dependency, Michael can refer you to the most effective clinics based upon your specific goals.
Direct, after-hours access to Michael.

Michael serves individuals in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Anoka County, Dakota County, Scott County, Washington County and the surrounding area. He can be reached directly at 612-249-3656

Where can I meet Michael?

You can meet Michael at his office or he can meet you throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding metro:

Downtown Minneapolis
South Minneapolis
Southwest Minneapolis
Northeast Minneapolis
Southeast Minneapolis
Calhoun-Isles Minneapolis neighborhood
Camden Minneapolis neighborhood
Central Minneapolis neighborhood
Dinkytown Minneapolis
Longfellow Minneapolis neighborhood
Near North Minneapolis neighborhood
Nokomis Minneapolis neighborhood
Phillips Minneapolis neighborhood
Powderhorn Minneapolis neighborhood
University Minneapolis neighborhood
Midtown Minneapolis neighborhood
Stadium Village Minneapolis neighborhood
Prospect Park Minneapolis neighborhood
Warehouse District Minneapolis neighborhood
Old St. Anthony Minneapolis neighborhood
Mills District Minneapolis neighborhood
Saint Anthony Main Minneapolis neighborhood
Minnehaha Minneapolis neighborhood
Como Saint Paul neighborhood
Creek Highwood Saint Paul neighborhood
Daytons Bluff Saint Paul neighborhood
Downtown Saint Paul neighborhood
Eastview Battle Saint Paul neighborhood
Greater East Side Saint Paul neighborhood
Hamline Midway Saint Paul neighborhood
Highland Park Saint Paul neighborhood
Lexington Hamline Saint Paul neighborhood
Macalester Groveland Saint Paul neighborhood
Merriam Park Saint Paul neighborhood
North End Saint Paul neighborhood
Payne Phalen Saint Paul neighborhood
Snelling Hamline Saint Paul neighborhood
St Anthony Park Saint Paul neighborhood
Summit Hill Saint Paul neighborhood
Summit University Saint Paul neighborhood
Thomas Dale Saint Paul neighborhood
Union Park Saint Paul neighborhood
West Seventh Saint Paul neighborhood
West Side Saint Paul neighborhood
Uptown Minneapolis

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How to complete a Comprehensive Assessment for Chemical Health

  1. Schedule an appointment by dialing 612-249-3656.
  2. On the day of your appointment, bring photo identification and any court documents (such as a DUI or DWI citation).
  3. Meet with Assessor for the Comprehensive Assessment interview.
  4. Provide contact information for “collateral contacts,” which are the people involved in the assessment.
  5. Following the assessment, a recommendation letter will be sent to you with your evaluation results.

How do I get effective alcohol drug treatment?

Criticisms of the rehab industry stretch far and wide. The respected National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University grimly concluded in a 2012 report that no other medical treatments are less rooted in modern science than what is currently offered in the addiction rehab industry. This scathing report compared the current practices of addiction medicine to general medicine in the early 1900s, where treatments varied wildly in type and effectiveness. The report went on to provide a gloomy forecast: the vast majority of people in need of addiction treatment in the U.S. will not receive anything that approximates evidence-based care.

However, evidence-based treatment is available. Consult with Michael, an expert who will be able to refer you or a loved one into the best evidence-based alcohol or treatment program. Michael can be reached directly at 612-249-3656.

If I am charged with a DWI, do I need a comprehensive alcohol assessment, dwi assessment, or dui assessment?

According to Minnesota’s DWI Laws, it is a crime to drive, operate, or be in physical control of any motor vehicle anywhere in the state while: under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or a hazardous substance (knowingly). Being charged with drinking and driving in MN usually leads to a judge ordering a person to complete a DUI evaluation or a DWI evaluation. The DWI / DUI Assessment can have lifelong implications and it is critical that you select the best available medical professional, instead of just hurriedly going to a local alcohol and drug treatment center. This is because following the comprehensive DWI / DUI Assessment, your sentencing judge and probation agent will always order you to follow through with any recommendations such as abstaining from alcohol, taking part in ongoing drug testing, and attending a one day dwi program, cognitive level 1 or level 2 dwi classes, or driving with care or alcohol classes online.

Michael is a DWI / DUI assessor in private practice. This means he works for you and not for a treatment center. He carries all of the qualifications to complete your assessment. When, or if, treatment is appropriate, he takes into account your wishes and always seeks the least intensive options with the most effective outcomes.

Call him today: 612.249.3656

Patient rights during a Comprehensive Chemical Health Assessment

  • You have the right to respect and courtesy.
  • You have the right to not feeling pressured into medical treatment.
  • You have the right to agree to or decline treatment services.
  • You have the right to a second opinion.
  • You have the right to an assessor who protects the privacy and security of your health information as established in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).