Special Programs And Services

Chemical Dependency Assessments (CDA) or Drug and Alcohol Evaluations

The purpose of a chemical dependency assessment is to see if a person has a problem with alcohol or drugs. Assessments include an interview with a counselor, in which the individual’s chemical use will be reviewed along with the impact of that use on the individual’s daily life and relationships. The assessment will also include a standardized written diagnostic test. The counselor will obtain a medical, legal, mental health, educational, housing and employment history along with drug and alcohol history and any past treatment information. Assessments will address each individual's unique needs.


To see if there is a problem with drugs or alcohol and based on the severity of the problem detected, to make recommendations about how to address the problem.

Assessment Format

  • It takes about 2 hours to complete the evaluation. 
  • An appointment will need to be pre-arranged with the counselor. 
  • The report will include verbatim the alcohol and drug history of the person, a summary of their medical, legal, mental health, educational, housing and employment history along with any past treatment information, an explanation of the diagnostic test and recommendations. 
  • No blood or urine test will be required. However, if a person attends the appointment and appears to be under the influence, a breathalyzer or urine test may be conducted.
  • Upon completion, a copy will be provided to the defendant, their attorney, the Court, or anyone else that is designated in writing.

Availability of Appointment

  • Evaluators are available weekly to complete evaluations.


  • $125. Must be paid in full prior to scheduling an evaluation. 
  • Special Programs and Services accepts cash, credit or debit card or money order.


To register please come to Special Programs and Services Bureau, in person, with $125. We are located on the first floor of the Henderson Justice Facility located at 243 S. Water Street, Henderson, NV 89015.

Evaluation Instructions

Chemical Dependency Assessment Evaluation Instructions  

If further information is needed, then please call 702-267-1350.