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The purpose of screening is to accurately identify individuals who may have a co-occurring disorder. Each of the recommended screening tools has shown good reliability and validity and is proven to have a high degree of accuracy in predicting who may need further assessment and treatment. Screening serves a different purpose than assessment and cannot take the place of a thorough assessment. Screening will identify candidates who should receive a more comprehensive assessment. Screening positive on a screening instrument does not mean that the individual has the disorder for which they have screened positive. Rather, individuals who screen positive should receive a through assessment to establish or rule out a related diagnosis.
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