The SASSI Network is a blog dedicated to professionals who support early intervention.  This platform is to provide useful information about our research projects, instruments, staff spotlights, as well posts from representatives of the recovery community.

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The Latest Research and COVID-19 Update from the CEO

July 2, 2020

In a previous post, we discussed how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the substance use disorder field throughout the country. Unfortunately, last week showed a dramatic increase in the number of reported cases nationally, particularly towards the end of the week (more than 40,000 additional reported cases, mostly from the… Read more

Nelson Jose Tiburcio PhD

An Update from the CEO

June 18, 2020

                We at The SASSI Institute wanted to update you on the COVID-19 crisis and how we see it affecting the substance use disorder field, not only here in southern Indiana, but also as reported from our many contacts throughout the country. The unfortunate reality is that many private practitioners,… Read more

Nelson Jose Tiburcio PhD

We Mourn the Loss of a Close Friend, a Pioneer in the Recovery Movement for Indiana

June 9, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that The SASSI Institute reports the passing of a dear friend and colleague, Mr. Stan DeKemper. Stan was not only a friend to the Recovery Field but also a personal and close friend of mine. Stan was the Executive Director of Indiana Credentialing Association… Read more

Nelson Jose Tiburcio PhD

Defensiveness and Non-voluntary Clients

June 4, 2020

The Importance of Additional Assessment Data The client is a 38-year-old male named Jim (not his real name), who was referred for a substance use evaluation following a second arrest for domestic violence. The practitioner calling in the profile reported having collateral evidence substantiating a significant history of alcohol abuse… Read more

Kristin Kimmell

Adolescent SASSI-A3 Research Update

May 21, 2020

The SASSI Institute conducted a validation project on the accuracy of the adolescent SASSI substance use screening measure with respect to the most current nationally accepted diagnostic standards for substance use disorders, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders diagnostic criteria (DSM-5). We are delighted to report that our data… Read more

Scarlett Baker

SASSI Plan for COVID-19: Exposure, Prevention, Preparedness, and Response

May 11, 2020

The SASSI Institute takes the health and safety of our employees very seriously.  With the spread of COVID-19, the Company must remain vigilant in mitigating the outbreak.  We are committed to helping people who suffer from substance use problems and the professionals who serve them. In order to be safe as we reopen operations, we have developed this COVID-19 Exposure, Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan.  Of course, we will continue to monitor the related guidance that CDC and OSHA provide. Read more

The SASSI Institute

Recognizing National Correctional Officers and Employees Week

May 7, 2020

The SASSI Institute wishes to express our appreciation for those working in correctional settings, criminal justice and juvenile services. This is an unprecedented time for all, and especially hard for those working in correctional settings and their family members. Thank you for staying strong! We also send our condolences to… Read more

Scarlett Baker

SAM Contributes to SASSI-4 Accuracy

April 30, 2020

This SASSI-4 profile of a 37-year-old female was called in to our clinical support line. As we look at her results, it appears that she answered the items in a meaningful manner (RAP=0).  She is likely to have a high probability of a substance use disorder (SYM=6, SAM=8) based on… Read more

Kristin Kimmell

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Stevie Roach

April 16, 2020

Stevie joined SASSI as a Customer Service Representative in April 2019.  She previously worked as a dispatcher with our local law enforcement and with a shelter helping women and children in need.  She is a mother of 3 young children, two boys and one girl. When Stevie is not at… Read more

Donna Alexander

An Update from the CEO

April 9, 2020

The SASSI Institute is committed to helping you stay connected and feel supported during the COVID-19 crisis. The sudden changes and disruptions to our daily lives coupled with the unknowns about the immediate future can be scary and stressful. For those in the substance use disorder field, these disruptions can… Read more

Nelson Jose Tiburcio PhD

SYM Scale and Environmental Factors

April 2, 2020

We had the opportunity to consult with a treatment provider who had called in SASSI-4 scores for a Native American couple residing in Canada. Since both profiles nicely illustrate important clinical features of each client, we decided to present the interpretations in this sample. We are grateful to the treatment… Read more

Kristin Kimmell

SUD Screening, Telehealth, and the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 18, 2020

Due to the continuing outbreak of COVID-19 cases throughout the world, infectious disease experts have recommended reducing face-to-face contact and social distancing as much as possible to avoid spreading the virus. Many counseling and treatment providers are now looking to boost their adoption of virtual communication (telehealth) as a tool… Read more

Scarlett Baker

A Tribute to a Dear Friend and Colleague

March 13, 2020

We wish to pay tribute to Dr. Linda E. Lazowski, former Research Director of The SASSI Institute, who passed away on February 13, 2020. Linda first joined The SASSI Institute as a Research Psychologist in 1995 and retired in 2018. Linda was a Brooklyn, NY native and earned her Bachelor’s… Read more

Nelson Jose Tiburcio PhD

Article Accepted for Publication, One Step Closer to the Release of SASSI-A3

March 4, 2020

We are pleased to announce our most recent publication: “ Detecting “Faking good” with the Adolescent Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory- SASSI-A3: A Clinical Response to Alcohol & Other Drug Use Minimization among Teens in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. This article compares honest and “fake” responses from participants with known Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). … Read more

Scarlett Baker

Welcome to our blog!

February 19, 2020

We are excited to bring you a new stream of information through our website.  Previously we sent colleagues in the field our Newsletter through email or hard copy.  With this new format, you can expect greater variety and a more frequent stream of information.  We will still include sample interpretations,… Read more

Nelson Jose Tiburcio PhD