Individuals are typically referred for an AODA Assessment by a judge, lawyer, probation and parole agent, employer, or school personnel. AODA Assessments are conducted by a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. They typically require two sessions and include testing. Upon completion of the AODA Assessment, the counselor sends the referring agency a letter that specifies alcohol abuse treatment or substance abuse treatment recommendations, such as “AODA Group Therapy” or Outpatient Individual AODA Counseling. Consumers are responsible for all fees associated with the AODA Assessment process.