Assessment and Referral for Substance Use Disorders

We determine the appropriate level of care and refer individuals to effective substance abuse treatment in their neighborhood.

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Since 1997, NADAP has conducted more than 800,000 assessments for the presence and severity of a substance use disorders (SUD) in NYC welfare applicants and recipients. Our professional team of Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASACs) has determined the appropriate level of care and referred close to a half-million individuals to a network of approximately 400 treatment providers in NYC, thus setting them on the path to recovery, employability, and success. Many of our clients face significant challenges, such as criminal justice involvement, living with HIV/AIDS, homelessness, and/or co-morbid diagnoses of mental illness. Our primary funder for SUD assessment and referral services is the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA).

Our significant expertise is available for partnerships with healthcare agencies. Mobile teams offer patients onsite SUD Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referrals for Treatment (SBIRT) at a time when they are most motivated to address any problematic substance use due to the immediate experience of its negative consequences. Our services include:

  • Brief and effective SUD screening in a wide range of care settings, including Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Centers, Community Health and Mental Health Clinics as well as Homeless Shelter System, SROs, and Supportive Housing Units.
  • Brief interventions using Motivational Interviewing for low to moderate risk SUDs, e.g., when other conditions/treatment are the focus.
  • Harm reduction counseling and preventive strategies (including overdose prevention and reversal).
  • SUD assessment with diagnostic impression (DSM5) for high-risk patients.
  • SUD treatment referrals to all modalities based on ASAM, OASAS, and SAMHSA placement criteria, diverting patients from ERs and hospitals by providing safe, appropriate alternatives in the short-term, and reducing the need for costly medical care in the long term.

To ensure the long-term engagement of the patient in SUD services, our assessment and referral teams also link patients with ongoing care coordination and case management, assisting them as they address their rehabilitation and recovery needs and access available resources for behavioral and physical health.

For more information on our Assessment and Referral Services, please contact:

Joseph Castelluccio, MSW, CASAC, Vice President, jcastelluccio@nadap.org or (929) 252-6300.

109 East 16th Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10003