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Admissions: Mental Health Assessment

What is an assessment?

At Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute, our goal during the assessment process is for everyone to feel comfortable and informed. A licensed Assessment & Referral Clinician will ask about current concerns as well as past medical and psychiatric history. If applicable, any drug and/or alcohol abuse will be addressed. An assessment allows us to efficiently and effectively evaluate current symptoms so that we may identify a program and services which best meet the 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 Assessment & Referral clinician will discuss the recommendation and then make a determination about treatment options.

How do I schedule an assessment?

An Assessment and Referral professional can be reached at 512-819-1154.  The clinician will take your call, 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, and same day assessments are available. 

When do 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 512-819-1154

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.