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1. Adolescent Kentucky Treatment Outcome Study Assessment (AKTOS Assessment)

Year: 2004

Walker, Robert; Cole, Jennifer; Logan, TK; Scrivner, Allison

The AKTOS assessment is an intake instrument developed by the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research Behavioral Health Outcome (CDAR BHOS) team in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) to: (1) identify drug use trends in the state over time, (2) to identify substance use-related co-morbidities, and (3) to monitor substance abuse treatment outcomes. AKTOS was designed to serve as a screening and assessment tool for individuals seeking drug treatment of all types and can be used during program admission. The AKTOS assessment is made up of five core components (substance use, mental health, school attendance and performance, justice system involvement, and adverse childhood experiences) and two supplemental components (parental involvement and recovery supports). It takes approximately 35 minutes to administer the AKTOS assessment.

Instrument Use & Availability

This instrument is available at no charge from the study developers.

Download the instrument: ((AKTOS study website))

For more information, contact:
Dr. Jennifer Cole
University of Kentucky, Center on Drug and Alcohol Research

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Instrument Details:

Source Reference:Cole, J., Logan, T., Miller, J., Scrivner, A., & Walker, R. (2016). Evidence Base for the Adolescent Kentucky Treatment Outcome Study (AKTOS) Assessment and Methods. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky, Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. Free online:
Population studied:Adolescents
Instrument Type:Assessment; Clinician-administered interview
Administration/Scoring:Details on the psychometrics of the AKTOS can by found in the Cole et al. (2016) document mentioned above.

Supporting References:

  • Cole, J., Stevenson, E., Walker, R., & Logan, T. (2012). Persistent tobacco use and psychiatric comorbidity among adolescent substance abuse treatment clients Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 43(1), 20-29.

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