Substance Abuse Evaluations for the Court System | Orlando Substance Abuse Evaluations and Counseling


Who needs a Orlando Substance Abuse Evaluations?

  • Persons with criminal charges
  • Clients mandated to treatment for addiction
  • Clients with mental health disorders
  • Attorneys hoping to drop or minimize drug related or DUI charges
  • Dependency cases where a parent could lose custody of their child
  • Attorneys that want a second opinion after an assessment with a different agency
  • Probation officers looking for treatment for their client
  • Individuals curious about whether or not they have a drinking or other drug problem
  • Criminal Defense, State, Divorce/Family Cases, & Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Repeat Drug Offenders

Court Cases Involving: criminal charges, psychological trauma, injury, families, dependency issues, mental illness, pre-trial diversion, repeat drug offenders and more

How do Orlando Substance Abuse Evaluations help?

Research proves to us again and again that recidivism rates drop significantly for offenders when they attend treatment for addiction.  Anyone familiar with the criminal justice system knows that it becomes a revolving door for repeat offenders.  When substance users or people with mental illness are incarcerated instead of treated for they are more likely to relapse and commit another crime.  This vicious cycle not only costs the U.S. billions of dollars, but more importantly is a major public safety issue.

With an evaluation an attorney can present to a judge that a person has a substance use problem or mental illness and needs treatment.  An attorney can request that charges are dropped or lessened if their client completes treatment successfully. When someone is evaluated and determined to have a chemical dependency the next step is to get them treatment.

Life Counseling Solutions recommends the least restrictive form of treatment possible.  We provide direct intensive outpatient services.  We also work closely with numerous residential programs in the community and connect clients with inpatient services as needed

Fact surrounds Orlando Substance Abuse Evaluations

  • Used in Court, Probation, Parole & Correctional Settings
  • 92-98% validity and reliability
  • Effective with incarcerated offenders – federal, state, & local
  • Identifies if a substance use disorder DOES NOT or DOES exist (even with other mental health symptoms present)
  • Objective, highly accurate, and evidence based.
  • Not subjective or opinion based.

Tools for Orlando Substance Abuse Evaluations

Adult Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory–4 (SASSI-4)

  • Measures probability of the client having substance use disorder
  • Determines if individual is likely abusing prescription medications.
  • Measures client’s insight into the consequences of their use and defensiveness
  • Determines if they have a use disorder & severity: mild, moderate, or severe

Adolescent Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI-A2)

  • Measures probability of the client having substance use disorder
  • specifies between just drug use & use disorder
  • Measures “family/social risk factors, defensiveness, consequences”

Behaviors & Attitudes Drinking & Driving Scale (BADDS)

  • For DUI clients
  • Determines risk of future drinking and driving & other related risky behaviors
  • Utilized for initial assessment, pre/post treatment

Psychosocial Evaluation

  • Helps determine client’s mental health diagnosis
  • Tool used to assess biological, psychological, and social components of an individual’s life and how they affect each other
  • Identifies risks and strengths

DSM-5 Cross-Cutting Symptom Measure

  • Measures a variety of mental health domains including: depression, mania, anxiety, suicidal ideation, psychosis, sleep problems and more
  • Identifies additional areas of inquiry that may have significant impact on the individual’s treatment and prognosis.


jl-small-headshot-2Jessica strives to help empower people to make decisions that bring them a sense of joy and accomplishment in life.  As a person in long-term recovery, she is passionate about helping people who are struggling with alcohol and other drug problems.  Her specialty is working with people who have been through addiction and trauma or abuse.  She uses special techniques and evidence-based practices to reduce symptoms that exacerbate addiction and prevent relapse.  Additionally, Jessica provides substance abuse evaluations and psychosocial assessments for various attorneys, psychiatrists, physicians, probation officers and more. See Jessica’s full bio.

If you would like to explore working with me please call (407) 622- 1770, or email me at I look forward to hearing from you!