Mental Health / Substance Abuse Assessments

At COPE, Inc. we provide culturally sensitive, specific, and proficient assessments. Our assessors are specifically trained to complete assessments and/or are Licensed/Credentialed in the area the assessment is being completed. COPE, Inc. also has one Psychologist on staff that completes Psychological Assessments as requested. We currently contract with local, state, and national entities as well the judicial system.

Depending on referral source assessments can be completed on site as well as off site. When coming to COPE, Inc. for an assessment a client can expect to spend 45 minutes to an hour and a half completing the process. We offer Psychological, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and DUI assessments. Clients are asked to contact our office to schedule an appointment before coming in for his/her assessment.

The qualified staff at COPE, Inc. will work hard to ensure the comfort level of each client and will make sure each client receives the type of services deemed necessary. Through assessments we can determine the need for counseling and/or education for clients. Several different assessments tools are used, depending on the nature of the assessment.

Additional Programs

COPE, Inc.

Goals of Patient Placement Guidelines
· Improve quality of care
· Ensure access to affordable care
· Support development of cost-effective treatment systems.

The purpose of COPE Inc., intensive outpatient (IOP) services is to provide essential educational and treatment components while allowing patients to apply their newly acquired skills within their own environment and without an inpatient residential stay.

Our treatment approach addresses the whole person-emotionally, physically and spiritually. Individuals are provided with a clearly defined, structured, intensive treatment program. This program is offered with a minimum of 9 hours of regularly scheduled treatment services per week.

COPE’s IOP service is for both adolescents (Refer to Exhibit 1-5 for adolescents schedule) and adults (Refer to Exhibit 2-5 for adults schedule). Patients who are appropriate for intensive outpatient services are ones who:

* are at minimal risk for severe withdrawal
* need monitoring for mild severity of emotional, behavioral, or cognitive conditions and completions
* are ambivalent about treatment or lack awareness for their substance use and require a structured program several times a week to promote progress through the stages of change
* have a level of addiction that indicates a high likelihood of relapse or continued use or continued problems without close monitoring and support several times a week
* do not have a supportive recovery environment, but can cope if they have structure and support

COPE’s intensive outpatient programs provide comprehensive assessments, and treatment plans that are specific to the individual’s needs. These plans are developed in consultation with patient, include problem statements and goals to work toward achievable change. The frequency and intensity of treatment at this level depends on patient need, but consists of a planned regimen of scheduled sessions for a minimum of nine hours per week.

At the aforementioned level, COPE can arrange for psychiatric consultation, medication management, and crisis services. Patients also can be helped to access support services such as childcare, vocational training, and transportation.

Four levels of care for AOD abuse treatment are described in ASAM's patient placement criteria as follows:

· Level I -- Outpatient treatment
· Level II -- Intensive outpatient treatment
· Level III -- Medically monitored intensive inpatient treatment
· Level IV -- Medically managed intensive inpatient treatment.

The guidelines describe outpatient treatment as an organized nonresidential treatment service or an office practice with designated addiction professionals and clinicians providing professionally directed AOD treatment. This treatment occurs in regularly scheduled sessions usually totaling fewer than 9 contact hours per week. Examples include weekly or twice-weekly individual therapy, weekly group therapy, or a combination of the two in association with participation in self-help groups.

AOD Abuse Screening

The processes of screening, assessment, and diagnosis of AOD use disorders are not synonymous. An AOD abuse-screening instrument is a tool used to identify clients who have a high probability for AOD use disorders. It is used to determine whether a diagnostic assessment is needed. For example, the CAGE questionnaire, which consists of four questions, has demonstrated a fairly high validity. The Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) and the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) and Addiction Severity Index 5th Edition (ASI) are other widely used screening instruments that have proven useful. The ideal screening tool identifies most people with the disorder and will not select many people without the disorder. Screening tools identify people who require further diagnostic evaluation.