(a)  DWI substance abuse assessments shall only be provided by a facility licensed by the State as a substance abuse treatment facility as specified in 10A NCAC 27G .0400 LICENSING PROCEDURES or a facility which provides substance abuse services and is exempt from licensure under G.S. 122C-22.

(b)  A face to face clinical interview shall be conducted, in a licensed facility, with the individual, by a substance abuse counselor in accordance with the minimum qualifications specified in Rule .3808 of this Section.  The purpose of this interview is to formulate a DSM diagnosis and arrive at a service level recommendation consistent with the placement criteria accepted by ASAM.

(c)  In addition to the clinical interview, the clinician performing the assessment shall administer to the individual, an approved standardized test and must review the complete driving record as defined in Rule .3805 in this Section, as well as verify the alcohol concentration reading at the time of arrest.

(d)  The agency or individual performing the assessment shall have the individual execute the appropriate release of information form per 42 C.F.R., Part 2.  This form provides permission for the assessing agency to communicate with and report its findings to the DMH/DD/SAS, the area authority, the Division of Motor Vehicles, the Court, the Department of Correction, the agency providing the recommended treatment or education and any agency or individual the client requests to be so informed.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 20-17.6(c); 122C-22; 122C-142.1;

Eff. April 1, 2001.