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Assessment Tools

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The following are a collection of standardized assessment tools used at CAMH and in other clinical settings. Most are straightforward, brief PDF files that are easily reproduced.


Look for:

Addiction assessment and screening tools

Mental Health assessment and screening tools

Problem Gambling assessment and screening tools

Other assessment and screening tools


Addiction assessment and screening tools


Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol (CIWA)

(English only)


Évaluation du patient ou du client : clinique de la dépendance à la nicotine

(Now available in French)

Client/Patient Assessment Form: Nicotine Dependence Clinic


Questionnaire sur la consommation d’alcool (ADS)

Learn where to order the ADS. This kit is one of the most widely used and reliable clinical tools for measuring the severity of alcohol dependence and assessing clients with alcohol problems. Based on the World Health Organization’s theoretical concept of a core alcohol dependence syndrome, the 25-item questionnaire can be quickly administered and scored by hand.


Questionnaire sur la consommation de drogues (DAST- 20)

Learn where to order this five-minute questionnaire, used in an interview or self-evaluation, that can help gauge the severity of addiction to drugs other than alcohol.


Questionnaire de confiance fàce a la consommation de drogues (QCCD)

Learn where to order this questionnaire, a companion tool to the liste des occasions de consommation de drogues (LOCD).  It allows substance use counsellors and researchers to identify a client’s self-efficacy in relation to 50 drinking and/or other drug-taking situations and can be administered:


  • at assessment, to aid treatment planning
  • during and at the end of treatment, to monitor a client’s progress
  • post-treatment, as an indicator of treatment outcome.


Liste des occasions de consommation de drogues (LOCD)

Learn where to order this tool that allows substance use counsellors and researchers to assess the situations in which a client has used alcohol and/or other drugs over the last year. It consists of two separate questionnaires— one for alcohol and one for up to three other drugs—that gauge a client’s substance use over the same 50 risk situations. The LOCD generates a separate profile of risk situations for each substance.



Admission and Discharge Criteria and Assessment Tools (ADAT) is a comprehensive approach to establishing an initial treatment plan which identifies the most appropriate level and intensity of care for a client entering Ontario's addictions treatment system (or whether the client is ready for discharge). The Admission criteria in particular use the results of the Assessment Tools to this end. The Assessment Tools component is a suite of clinical assessment tools to be used by professionals to identify a client's strengths and needs in seven areas. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MoHLTC)-Addiction Program has mandated the tools and criteria for use by for all ministry-funded addiction service programs.


Characteristics of Core Assessment Tools


Mental Health assessment and screening tools


Tools now available in French


Évaluation des compétences financières

Assessment of Financial Competence


Feuille d'évaluation du risque de suicide : clinique sur la colère et la toxicomanie

Suicide Risk Assessment Worksheet: Anger and Addiction Clinic


Programme d'auto-administration des médicaments : évaluation du client ou patient

Self-Administration Medication (SAM) Program: Client/Patient Assessment Form


Évaluation et gestion du risque de violence : clinique sur la colère et la toxicomanie 

Violence Risk Assessment and Management: Anger and Addiction Clinic


Tools available in English only


Mood and Anxiety Day Treatment Program: Intake Assessment


General Health Questionnaire

Learn where to order this self-administered questionnaire that focuses on two major areas – the inability to carry out normal functions and the appearance of new and distressing phenomena.The General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) screens for non-psychotic psychiatric disorder.


Older Adults

The “Try This” Series

This publication of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, is a series of assessment tools where each issue focuses on a topic specific to the older adult population.


The goal of the Try This: Best Practices in Care for Older Adults series of assessment tools is to provide knowledge of best practices in the care of older adults that is:

  • easily understood
  • easily implemented 
  • to encourage the use of these best practices by all direct care nurses
  • easily accessible


SPICES: An Overall Assessment Tool of Older Adults


Katz Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living


The Geriatric Depression Scale


Confusion Assessment Method


Caregiver Strain Index


Elder Abuse and Neglect Assessment


Beers’ Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in the Elderly


Problem Gambling assessment and screening tools

There are several tools available to assist in the screening process, including the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS). This tool, developed in the US, is a 20-item questionnaire used to screen for “pathological gambling” in clinical settings. 


Other assessment and screening tools

(Tools available in English only)


Co-Occurring Disorders Screening and Assessment Tools

 This document provides a detailed list of web links for screening and assessing co-occurring disorders.