If you take a plea to an alcohol-related offense, or if you are convicted of a qualifying alcohol-related offense, you must undergo a mandatory screening and assessment as a matter of law. MCL 257.625b(5) states, "Before imposing sentence for a violation of section 625(1), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), or (8) or a local ordinance substantially corresponding to section 625(1), (3), (6), or (8), the court shall order the person to undergo screening and assessment by a person or agency designated by the office of substance abuse services to determine whether the person is likely to benefit from rehabilitative services, including alcohol or drug education and alcohol or drug treatment programs."
It is also helpful to take the MAST Test before you beginning the Michigan Driver's License Restoration process. Taking the test will help prepare you the substance abuse evaluation.
Two standardized tests are used across the state to conduct the mandatory screening and assessment. The first, the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST), which is also sometimes referred to as the Michigan Alcohol Assessment Test, is a simple test that relies on self-reported behavior.
The Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) is one of the oldest and most accurate alcohol screening tests available, effective in identifying dependent drinkers with up to 98 percent accuracy. Questions on the MAST test relate to the patient's self-appraisal of social, vocational, and family problems frequently associated with heavy drinking. The test was developed to screen for alcohol problems in the general population.
Because the MAST Test is easily fooled, many probation departments do not use it, but it is a relatively accurate test if your answers are honest.
You can take the MAST Test here and your score will be provided for free at the end of the examination. Elsewhere on this website, you can take the NEEDS Assessment Survey, which is more frequently used by probation departments in Michigan, but I do not provide you with answers or a score to that test, which requires me to personally review your responses.
You do NOT need to be a client to take the MAST Test, but you DO need to be a client before I will score your NEEDS Assessment Survey responses.