Individuals participate in a comprehensive, integrated, strengths-based, culturally responsive assessment to determine an appropriate level of service.
Note: Refer to the Assessment Matrix for additional assessment criteria. The elements of the matrix can be tailored according to the needs of specific individuals or service design.
Personnel who conduct assessments are qualified by training, skill and experience and can recognize individuals and families with special needs.
The information gathered for assessments is strengths-based, integrated, comprehensive, directed at concerns identified in initial screenings, and limited to material pertinent for meeting service requests and objectives.
Standardized criteria are used to match the needs of the individual and his or her family with the level and intensity of services provided.
Interpretation: Recognized, standardized criteria may include those published by ASAM, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), criteria required by federal or state oversight authorities, or criteria required for participation in managed care delivery systems.
An integrated assessment includes:
Interpretation: Personnel who conduct assessments may substitute a standardized assessment instrument for the requirements cited above if the assessment includes a summary statement that integrates the available information about the person and his or her family and the demonstrated need for service. Assessments are completed within timeframes established by the organization and are updated periodically.
Assessments are conducted in a culturally responsive manner, and:
Interpretation: Culturally responsive assessments can include attention to geographic location, language of choice, and the personís religious, racial, ethnic, and cultural background. Other important factors that contribute to a responsive assessment include attention to age, sexual orientation, and developmental level.
Engagement and assessment are characterized by:
Unmet medical needs identified in the assessment are addressed directly or through an established referral arrangement and can include:
Interpretation: The nature of problems resulting from substance use conditions requires medical services to be available. Such services need not be provided by the organization, but the results of medical screens, tests, and services will be documented in the case record and incorporated into service planning and monitoring.
Treatment Services are expected to have on staff, or available through a formal consulting arrangement, a licensed physician or other qualified health practitioner with substance use training and experience. All other services must have, at minimum, a formal referral relationship with a licensed physician or other qualified health practitioner with substance use training and experience to whom individuals believed to be dependent on alcohol or other drugs may be referred.
Clinical personnel coordinate services when an individual receives medical treatment from a private physician. For example, a physician may refer the individual to the organization for counseling or relapse prevention. In such cases, the organization is not responsible for addressing the medical aspects of treatment, but must coordinate services with the physician.
NA The organization provides Co-Dependency Counseling only.