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What Does the Assessment Process Look Like in a Mental Health Hospital?

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What Does the Assessment Process Look Like in a Mental Health Hospital?

Many mental health hospitals have a high turnover rate because the assessment process begins and ends at intake. The assumption is that people receive individual therapy on an outpatient basis and that inpatient hospitalization is solely for stabilization. At ViewPoint Center, we believe that a residential setting is the ideal environment for comprehensive assessment and getting a better understanding of patients’ needs. Our superior clinical assessment and diagnosis process provides support stabilization, diagnostic clarity, and the formulation of a longitudinal treatment plan for optimal treatment options. 

How Long Does the Assessment Process Last?

We really slow it down compared to other assessment processes. In an outpatient setting, a teen might sit down with a psychologist for 10 hours straight over 2 days, which makes it hard to get accurate information.

By slowing the process down over several weeks, we are able to conduct more accurate testing. 

Typically patients stay at ViewPoint Center for 8 weeks. The length of stay allows us to create a substantive diagnostic plan that best fits the patients needs for future success.

Who is Involved in the Assessment Process?

We approach psychological testing from a multi-disciplinary view. Our Director Of Assessment works with the assessment, clinical, nursing, and residential staff to provide the most accurate assessment and treatment plans for patients. Therapists ask what they might need clinically. The psychiatrist team may ask what they need medication-wise and what has or has not worked for them in the past. Neuropsychologists assess how cognitive functioning shapes behavior. 

The Multi-Disciplinary Review report is the final compiled set of interconnected evaluations and supporting documents typically consisting of the following information in a book form:

  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Therapeutic Course of Treatment & Program Recommendations
  • Neuropsychological Evaluation
  • Academic Plan and Classroom Assessment
  • Medical History and Physical Examination
  • Discharge Diagnoses, Prescriptive Protocols, Therapeutic Recommendations
  • Transition–What is Ahead

Why is Assessment Part of Treatment Planning?

Each piece of the puzzle is critical in capturing the entirety of your child.  Once the majority of the mental health assessment process have been completed, we go over the Multi-Disciplinary Review (MDR) as a team to discuss our initial findings, and then review the neuropsychological testing and therapeutic experiences. 

With comprehensive assessments, we get a really good well-rounded idea of what each student needs and can make really informed recommendations on where they might need to go for future treatment–whether that’s a specialty residential treatment center, day treatment back home, or outpatient therapy.

ViewPoint Center Can Help 

ViewPoint Center is a specialty hospital for teens who struggle with depression and other mental health issues. Located near Salt Lake City, Utah, ViewPoint Center a comprehensive therapeutic assessment facility that is licensed and provides 24-hour nursing. Viewpoint offers comprehensive assessments. Post evaluation, treatment plans are established to meet the unique needs of each patient. By the end of the treatment period at ViewPoint, families have a clear understanding of the child’s diagnoses and are offered full guidance on how to move forward and seek proper treatment.

For more information about the assessment process at our mental health hospital, call 855-290-9682

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