What's An Assessment?

What's an assessment?

mental health assessmentIn order to be admitted to Aurora, whether for inpatient or outpatient services, everyone must first receive an assessment by a licensed behavioral health clinician. An assessment is like a questionnaire in which the counselor will ask you about your current concerns, recent and past experiences, medical history and psychiatric history. If applicable, we will also address any drug and/or alcohol use. This process allows us to efficiently and effectively evaluate current symptoms so that we may identify the services and program that best meets each individual’s needs.

A family member or friend may be present during the assessment process, as this may be helpful for assistance and support. This assessment is not a psychiatric evaluation. Rather, it is to determine whether a hospital stay or some other type of service would be beneficial. Once the assessment is complete, our Intake Counselor will discuss the recommendation and then make a determination about treatment options.

How do I schedule an assessment?

To schedule an assessment, simply call our 24/7 Patient Services Helpline at 480.345.5420. The Patient Services Representative will ask a series of questions and determine if a face-to-face assessment is the appropriate next step. Our goal is to schedule the assessment as soon as possible, hopefully on the same day.

Why should I schedule an assessment?

If you are having difficulty at school, work or home due to mental health or substance abuse issues such as:

  • Suicidal/homicidal thoughts
  • Self-harm behaviors
  • Aggressive/threatening/assaultive behaviors
  • Depression
  • Drug/alcohol abuse
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Hearing voices/seeing things others can’t hear or see
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety/panic
  • Or any other concerning behaviors, please call 480.345.5420.

How long do assessments take?

The time frame for an assessment varies, depending on the unique situation. In most situations, an assessment should take 30-45 minutes. If it is determined that hospitalization is the best course of treatment, two hours or less for the admission process should be expected.