Anyway, that reminded me to investigate the term used in the bill. It requires that TANF applicants “shall take a substance abuse subtle screening inventory test.” Having applicants complete this questionnaire is an effort by the General Assembly to get around the Fourth Amendment concerns that have worked to derail other states’ efforts to drug test people for being poor. I suspect the effort won’t be notably successful, but I think it’s the motivation behind this “subtle screen inventory” requirement.
The term “subtle screening inventory” looked like a term of art, and it is. Here is a Yahoo Health article entitled Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory.
The SASSI is intended for gathering information, organizing it, and using it to help make decisions about the likelihood of an individual having a substance dependence disorder, even if the individual does not acknowledge symptoms of the disorder or misuse of substances.
It reportedly has a 94% accuracy rate.