Assessment

carf-logo-transparentPrior to developing a treatment plan, it is necessary to complete an assessment (i.e., evaluation) in order to determine diagnosis and treatment recommendations.  The formal assessments completed by our clinicians result in a written report.  Informal assessments may be conducted throughout the therapy process to clarify symptoms and/or diagnosis. Click here to learn more about the importance of integrated screening and assessment for both mental health and substance use.

The primary diagnostic tools used are:  Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II); Burns Anxiety Inventory; SASSI-4; SASSI-A2; PTSD Checklist (PCL-5); Life Satisfaction Survey; Women’s Complex Trauma Screen; Multimodal Life History Inventory; Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES); Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID); Crisis Triage Rating Scale; Insomnia Severity Index; Addiction Severity Index (ASI); Comprehensive Adolescent Severity Index (CASI); and Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV® Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D-R).

Mental Health (Co-Occurring) Assessment.   At the beginning of treatment, a Pre-Treatment Assessment (PTA) will be conducted.  The assessment process consists of two appointments:  the first for 2 hours and the second for 1.5 hours.  Following completion of the intake paperwork and orientation to services, diagnostic testing will be conducted and a drug screen obtained.  During the clinical interviews, the clinician will obtain information about many areas of your life, to include:  family of origin; relationship history; education; employment; mental health history; substance use history; physical health; legal; and spiritual.  Clients will be asked to sign authorizations for current and past providers so that collateral information can be obtained and included in the report.

  • Please  note that we do not complete mental health evaluations for Social Security applications.

Substance Use Evaluation.  This type of formal assessment is also completed in two appointments:  the first for 2 hours and the second for 1.5 hours.  Following completion of the intake paperwork and orientation to services, diagnostic testing will be conducted and a drug screen obtained.  During the clinical interviews, the clinician will obtain information about many areas of your life, to include:  family of origin; relationship history; education; employment; mental health history; substance use history; physical health; legal; and spiritual.  Clients will be asked to sign authorizations for current and past providers so that collateral information can be obtained and included in the report.  A follow up session (i.e., third appointment) is often scheduled to review the report which includes diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and referrals.  If outpatient treatment is recommended, this can be provided at Behavioral Health Resources.

  • The evaluator is a Registered Service Provider and is qualified to complete substance use evaluations for adolescents and adults who are involved in the Nebraska criminal justice system.

Trauma Assessment.  A brief trauma assessment is completed as a standard component of the Pre-Treatment Assessment (PTA) and for Substance Use evaluations. More detailed evaluation of trauma is often completed when a person is receiving services in the Dual Diagnosis Outpatient program at Behavioral Health Resources.

  • A formal, detailed trauma assessment (with written report) can also be completed upon request when an individual is receiving services from another provider and a trauma assessment is needed to enhance this ongoing treatment.

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