Utah statute mandates that if you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you must undergo an assessment and either complete PRIME for Life (an educational course) or treatment.
Because we do not offer substance abuse treatment and therefore do not benefit from the results of an assessment, many judges in Salt Lake County will refer to ARS exclusively. Sometimes judges will not accept assessments and recommendations from other agencies.
Cost of Assessment
- If you are a Salt Lake County resident, you will be charged for the assessment based on a sliding pay scale that considers your income and number of dependents.
- If you were arrested under the Not A Drop Law (you were under the age of 21 at the time of your arrest) and you are a Salt Lake County resident, the assessment is free.
Payment is due at the time of assessment. We do not accept checks, American Express, or Discover Card.
Please contact our office 24 hours in advance if you need to reschedule your appointment, otherwise our office may charge a $25 rescheduling fee.
Please bring photo ID to the assessment.
What to Expect
Assessments include a clinical interview, the American Society of Addiction Medicine Placement Criteria, a criminal background history, and the substance abuse subtle screening inventory.
Assessments can take as long as two hours. In addition, we will ask you to complete some paperwork when you arrive at our office, so please come early.
During the assessment you will meet with a clinician who will ask you several questions about all aspects of your life. Some of the questions may seem irrelevant, but keep in mind that questions about your childhood, relationships, mental health functioning, and other topics help us determine the best possible referral for you.
Upon completion of the assessment, we will usually immediately inform you of any referral and provide you with information on how to contact the agency where you may be referred.
We will also ask you to sign a release of information so we can provide copies of our written assessment to all concerned individuals (the agency you have been referred to, judges, probation officers, attorneys, etc.).