What's Mental Health 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 (877) 870-7012. 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 (877) 870-7012.

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.

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