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ADE Incorporated's NEEDS Assessment is a 130-question, comprehensive adult assessment tool. This instrument addresses life stress, attitude and emotional stability, criminal history, and alcohol/drug use based on DSM-5 and ASAM guidelines. This instrument may be used as the basis for a personal interview, a psycho-social history, or a referral.

The NEEDS includes 32 additional questions which relate to the stability of significant areas of an individual's life. This profile of the individual can be used as an outline for a diagnostic interview, treatment plan development, or making immediate decisions for referral.

The NEEDS instrument is easy to administer and provides an accurate report immediately upon completion.

The NEEDS is available in English and Spanish as an online assessment or in pencil/paper format. Audio is available in the interactive online version. If you choose to administer surveys interactively, we offer a kiosk that you can purchase. Please call us at 1-800-334-1918 for pricing details.

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The NEEDS Assessment Instrument looks at patterns of behavior in a number of critical areas to provide a concise and comprehensive profile of an individual’s functioning.

NEEDS addresses and assesses:

  • Respondent Attitude
  • Basic Problem-Solving and Reading Ability
  • Substance Use
  • Physical Health
  • Criminal History
  • Emotional Stability Assessment
  • Personal Relationship and Support System
  • Employment
  • Educational
  • Needs/Risk
  • Suggested Supervision Levels

The underlying question that the NEEDS evaluation raises in examining respondent answers is, “How likely is it that the person can and will change his/her behavior?” This question is addressed by:

1. Evaluating the person’s attitude; how it may contribute to the individual’s inappropriate decisions and how it could impact on efforts to change behavior.

2. Looking at the individual’s patterns of past behavior as an indicator of future behavior; are these established, learned behavior patterns?

3. Does this behavior appear to be a function of acute stress arising out of life specific circumstances? Issues such as substance abuse, emotional, physical or intellectual deficiencies will make behavior change very unlikely without proper assistance. Unstable relationships and employment can also undermine attempts to bring about behavior change.

4. Finally, does the person know how to change behavior, to make the sacrifices and delay gratification for future rewards?

The NEEDS Assessment Data Report provides a wide range of program statistics that can be broken down for each program by a number of search criteria (date range, age, sex, race, income level, drugs of choice, and many more).