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Below are brief descriptions of each GAIN instrument.
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GAIN Initial (GAIN-I)
GAIN Initial is a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment used for
detailed treatment planning. It provides ASAM information and DSM-IV
diagnoses and meets common reporting requirements (CARF, JCAHO,
insurance, CDS/TEDS, Medicaid, CSAT, NIDA) for assessment, diagnosis,
placement, treatment planning, performance and outcome monitoring,
economic analysis, and program planning.
GAIN-Q3 is a multipurpose assessment used to identify and address a
wide range of life problems among adolescents (ages 12 and up) and
adults in both clinical and general populations. The heart of the
GAIN-Q3 is a brief assessment that includes screeners on the recency and
frequency of behavior and service utilization in nine areas: school,
work, stress, physical health, HIV risk behaviors, mental health
(internalizing and externalizing disorders) substance use, and crime and
violence. The overall aim of the GAIN-Q3 is to quickly sort people
entering or being screened for services into three groups:
- Those who do not appear to have problems in need of attention
- Those who appear to have mild problems that can be addressed in a brief intervention
- Those whose results indicate the need for a more detailed assessment or specialized treatment
For participants whose results indicate mild problems,
the GAIN-Q3 system provides the means to conduct a brief intervention
based on the principles of motivational interviewing.
GAIN Short Screener (GAIN-SS)
GAIN-SS is designed for use with general populations of adolescents and
adults to quickly and accurately identify people who would be flagged
on the comprehensive GAIN-I as having a clinical disorder, such as a
drug dependency or a mental disorder. The GAIN-SS is a much shorter
instrument, totaling only two pages. It contains one total scale that is
comprised of four scales for internalizing disorders, externalizing
disorders, substance use disorders, and crime and violence. The
subscales are based on a series of explanatory and confirmatory factor
analyses of psychiatric symptoms and disorders among clinical samples.
The administration time is about five minutes.
The GAIN Treatment Satisfaction Index (TxSI)
GAIN Treatment Satisfaction Index is a standalone instrument used to
measure early engagement and participant satisfaction with a current
treatment episode. It is a 14-item index using a five-point agreement
scale that was developed as part of the GAIN. It is included in the
GAIN-I and GAIN-M90 instruments as a series of dichotomous items (as the
Treatment Satisfaction Scale), but it is available as a standalone
instrument as well.