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Kate Cavett Associates

specializes in comprehensive and compassionate substance use assessments that may also be called alcohol and drug evaluations or chemical health assessments.

Assessments are completed by an alcohol and drug counselor licensed through the State of Minnesota.

Since 2008 best practices in Minnesota law requires all substance use assessments be conducted by an LADC—LICENSED Alcohol Drug Counselors or county/state employees or their designee. All our assessors meet this legal standard, are Rule 25 Qualified, and use the ASUDS-R instrument when appropriate.

Our commitment is to provide holistic evaluation to deliver the best quality assessment and feedback available for your specific needs.

Kate Cavett, MA, LADC

Photo of Kate CavettPrincipal Assessor

Kate Cavett is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with 18 years working in the addiction field. Kate brings to her assessments experience working with chemical dependency, mental health, men, women, adolescents, families, and probation professionals. Kate’s insightful and reliable assessments are consistently informed by understandings gained through years of experience and advanced study involving the dynamics of substance use, related to mental health and environmental factors, such as social isolation, domestic, sexual, or societal abuse/violence as in heterosexism or racism. As a mother, Kate, is experienced in supporting parents of adolescents who are demonstrating challenging behaviors.

Cavett co-lead qualitative gang research and conducted over 100 education workshops around Minnesota and nationally based on the research. She is an award winning consulting producer of Oh Freedom Over Me, A Minnesota Public Radio documentary on Mississippi Freedom Summer that challenges us to address racism today. She is an award winning oral historian for Voices of Rondo—Oral Histories of Saint Paul’s Historic Black Community—a 2006 Minnesota Book Award winner.

Cavett has a Master of Arts in Human Development from Saint Mary’s University; a Bachelor of Arts in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Metropolitan State University; is trained in Restorative Justice / Restorative Practices – (Mediation, Circles, Dialogue Mediation).


Jeff Hansen, MA, LADC

Consultant, Assessor

Jeff Hansen has worked in behavioral health for the last 17 years, including work with adults experiencing serious and persistent mental illness and adolescents having mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

Jeff is completing his Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology at The University of St. Thomas’ School of Professional Psychology. Jeff completed his Bachelor of Science degree in addiction counseling at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology at St Mary’s University in Minneapolis. He has previously completed clinical practicum training arrangements with adjudicated adolescent sex offenders, preschool children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders, and LGBT adults experiencing chemical dependency difficulties in an outpatient setting.

Our commitment is to serve our clients with a comprehensive assessment.
To fulfill this promise we may use other professional consultants and therapist
to provide the highest standard assessment available.