Substance Abuse Assessment & Referral Services (ARS)
Assessment & Referral Services (ARS) is a University of Utah Health clinic within the Department of Psychiatry that provides high-quality, objective substance abuse assessments and referrals for individuals with possible substance abuse problems. Assessment reports are lengthy and include detailed information regarding any substance abuse or mental health issues.
Due to COVID-19
Please note the ARS office is not able to offer in-person services. All services, including assessments, are being conducted via telephone or virtually via Zoom.
During telehealth services, be mindful of your privacy and make sure your device is fully charged. If via telephone, ensure your device will accept blocked/private numbers, and have any documents at the ready.
For assessments conducted via Zoom, you will be required to present identification such as a driver’s license.
Caring for You
We take great care to ensure that our referrals offer the appropriate treatment that can address the individual's unique treatment issues and life circumstances. We work closely with the legal system as well as a variety of treatment agencies within the state.
ARS does not provide treatment services, thus we do not benefit financially from the results of the assessment.
ARS contracts with Salt Lake County Behavioral Health Services to provide a sliding fee scale for the assessment cost via subsidized funding for those who qualify. The assessment fee is $280 for those who do not qualify for the subsidy. For those who do qualify for the subsidy, the copayment for the assessment will be determined. You will be asked for payment at the time of scheduling and the payment is due at the time of the assessment. For missed appointments and/or failure to provide a 24 hour notice of assessment cancellation, a $25 reschedule fee will need to be collected by ARS before another appointment will be scheduled. For those with coverage under Optum Medicaid, Targeted Adult Medicaid, and Adult Expansion Medicaid at the time the assessment is conducted, Medicaid pays the total cost. No other health insurance plan provides coverage for assessment costs. We do not accept payments via check, American Express, or Discover.
Please call the office to schedule an assessment.
Assessment & Referral Services uses highly-qualified and educated staff who care deeply about the individuals we see. We are also able to provide services in Spanish and can work with translators for other languages.