About Us

The SASSI Institute was formed in 1988 with the publication of the first Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI). Most of what we do falls under the headings of publishing, clinical consultation, research, training and customer service.

The SASSI Institute is committed to helping people who suffer from alcohol and other drug problems and the professionals who serve them. Our questionnaires are backed by over 30 years of research, one-to-one customer service, and a commitment to quality.

More than 30 years after the initial SASSI was released, we have become a leading publisher of psychological measures specializing in screening instruments for substance use disorders. In this period of time, we have devoted our research efforts to providing highly accurate screening instruments to practitioners in the helping professions, including the adult SASSI which has been revalidated three times since its initial release, and a validated Spanish language screener for Spanish-speaking adults. In addition, an accurate adolescent SASSI has been provided for practitioners to facilitate treatment assessment for teens with substance use disorders. Most recently, two customized screening instruments have been made available to accommodate clients with special needs by accurately identifying likely substance use disorders in clients who are Deaf (the SAS-ASL), and in hearing clients who require other accommodations (e.g., clients with spinal cord injuries, cognitive disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries) – the SAVR-S2.

We collaborated with Drs. Stephen Hupp and Jeremy Jewell to publish their Behaviors & Attitudes Drinking & Driving Scale (BADDS).   The BADDS not only provides helpful information for the difficult task of evaluating individuals who have been arrested for DWI/DUI, but can also be used to assess the effectiveness of drinking and driving intervention programs.

Clinical Consultation
Highly qualified clinicians provide SASSI customers with free phone consultation on the administration, scoring and interpretation of all our instruments sold.

Collaborative research projects are ongoing with treatment providers, criminal justice entities, and universities to refine SASSI instruments and aid in the development of new psychological measures.

Customized measures for state, criminal justice, and mental health agencies have proven to be highly useful in meeting specific programmatic needs. Our research department is dedicated to working collaboratively with such entities to meet their screening and assessment needs.

We are fortunate to have counselors across the U.S. and Canada who specialize in substance use screening and are available to train other professionals on the administration, scoring and interpretation of SASSI measures.

Training Online is also available on the SASSI and BADDS questionnaires.  Click here, to visit our online training page for more information.

Customer Service
In addition to providing superior customer service, our staff is at the core of our operations and is ready to answer all of your questions.

We have developed partnerships with other distributors and publishers of psychological measures to make our measures accessible globally.