The assessment process is a thorough review of a person’s history. The assessment typically takes about two hours and provides the basis for clients and LMHC’s professionals to agree on the best course of treatment.
Most insurance providers cover the cost of assessment and, where a drug or alcohol problem exists, also cover the cost of treatment. Insurance coverage is typically available whether the assessment is voluntary or court-ordered.
Treatment options range from individual counseling to out-patient group therapy to residential therapy, to the most intensive level, inpatient treatment. The type of treatment that is best is an individual decision that typically depends on the severity of the drug or alcohol problem, as well as other personal factors.
The assessment may also provide the basis for other referrals, including medical, mental health, employment, housing and other supportive services.