A comprehensive assessment is to be completed on a personís initial scheduled appointment. The assessment is often scheduled after an initial screening in which potential mental health or substance abuse issues were identified. There are numerous ways in which referrals for services may be identified. It is important that the assessment be completed in a timely and efficient manner.
Comprehensive assessments are completed by a licensed mental health or substance abuse professional. Staff conducting assessments shall be thoroughly trained in the assessment process. A comprehensive assessment contains a detailed history from the person served. Assessments will include information such as: identifying information, reason for admission, psychiatric history, medical history, family history, medications, current circumstances, any history of abuse, information on education and vocational history, diagnosis, strengths and weaknesses and recommendations.