A Rule 25 (schedule: 612.249.3656) is a one-time appointment. During this appointment, you will meet with a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in North St Paul. The counselor gets to know you better and your situation through a structured interview. Following your appointment, a “Recommendation” is provided to you. If you have court involvement, the Recommendation Letter can be sent to your lawyer, case judge, prosecutor, and/or community corrections.
Your Assessment Recommendation has a lasting impact so make sure to chose a competent, well-trained Assessor who will listen to your wants and needs. If you want treatment, then expert Assessors will get you the best treatment available. Unfortunately, assessors at local treatment Parks can be biased and typically try to refer you into their treatment program, which is highly unlikely to be the best available. It also may be excessive and disruptive to your life.
Additionally, judges and probation officers expect you to follow Assessment Recommendations. When the Recommendations are poorly written and do not reflect your wants and needs, there can be a lasting, costly negative effect. For example, if you are misdiagnosed then you may be recommended to abstain from alcohol use and submit to drug testing while on probation. Drug testing is a costly expense that can occur for the duration of your probation.
Sometimes Assessors recommend intensive inpatient treatment where you are expected to reside at for several weeks. This requires time away from your family and job. Sometimes intensive inpatient treatment is necessary, but other times it is not. A skilled, competent North St Paul Chemical Health Assessor will collaborate with you to determine your wants and needs. If you believe treatment would be helpful, then the least intensive treatment would be recommended that is “evidenced-based,” which has strong scientific evidence that it will be helpful. Unfortunately, according to a critical report by addiction medicine experts at Columbia University in New York, many Minnesota treatment Parks do not utilize evidenced-based therapies and alcohol/drug treatment programs are often ineffective.
It is crucial that you select an expert Rule 25 Assessor working in private practice. Private assessors work for you, and not a for-profit treatment Park. This means you have a personal advocate where the risk of being “pressured” into an excessive, ineffective treatment program is minimized. A private Evaluator is also unaffiliated with treatment Parks and therefore can provide objective recommendations that you are comfortable with. If you want help, recommendations are created through collaboration with you and your specific wants and needs.
Michael 612.249.3656 is a licensed medical professional and experienced Rule 25 Assessor. He has received advanced training at Harvard University in addictive disorders. Michael is an expert in determining if a person really has a problem with alcohol or other drugs.
By meeting with Michael, you will:
You can visit Michael in his office. Michael also offers flexible, mobile appointments and can meet you in North St Paul. Or, in any of the following counties and cities:
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