Addicted Offender Accountability Act
The Addicted Offender Accountability Act (AOAA) requires every convicted felony offender and all third DUI misdemeanants to receive a substance abuse assessment as part of a Presentence/Postsentence Report. AOAA provides Courts with a sentencing option that includes substance abuse treatment for “qualified offenders”. A “qualified offender” is a person convicted of a felony (as detailed in the AOAA statutes) that the Court finds has a need for alcohol or other drug treatment.
Mental Health professionals, who hold state certifications to provide substance abuse treatment services, are required to use the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) and the American Society of Addictions Medicines Patient Placement Criterion (ASAM PPCII) when providing a substance abuse assessment. These are the tools used for substance abuse assessment in Wyoming.
It is important to note that a comprehensive substance abuse assessment goes beyond the administration of the ASI/ASAM. The assessment is the process by which a licensed clinician interviews a person for a specific reason, in this case the need for substance abuse treatment. Because mental health and substance abuse disorders often appear together, it is preferred that the clinician be trained and experienced with the diagnosis and treatment of mental health, as well as substance abuse disorders.
The AOAA Assessor conducts the assessment using best practices that incorporates:
The Addiction Severity Index (ASI).
American Society of Addiction Medicine, Patient Placement Criteria (ASAM PPC).
- Other screening tools as appropriate
- Noting mental health and medical needs as appropriate.
- Comply with duty to inform laws