Assessment & Evaluation

At Centerpoint, before offering any of our services, we want to learn about you… and learn what will be most helpful for you:

What do you need?

What do you want?

How can we help?

These questions are explored in many ways, but answers often come through assessment and evaluation. Centerpoint’s assessment and evaluation processes are comprehensive in design and matched to a client’s development, context, age, and need. These services include:

  • Clinical interviews with young people and parents
  • Objective and semi-objective measures that offer validity and reliability to the evaluation
  • Review of records and collateral contact that helps to expand understanding and clinical perspective
  • The CATS, Centerpoint’s Battery of Assessment Questionnaires, are comprehensive biopsychosocial tools designed to support clinical assessment and evaluation.  This questionnaire is used in substance abuse & mental health evaluation, as part of a Comprehensive Health Assessment, and may be applied in other screening and assessment settings.  The developmentally-matched Assessment Questionnaire (LQ, SQ, MQ or TQ) collects information in 9 domains:
    • MENTAL STATUS
    • SUBSTANCE USE HISTORY AND BEHAVIOR
    • FAMILY HISTORY AND CURRENT FUNCTIONING
    • PEER & SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS
    • SCHOOL AND EDUCATIONAL STATUS
    • EMPLOYMENT AND VOCATIONAL STATUS
    • MEDICAL HISTORY AND MEDICAL NEEDS
    • COUNSELING & TREATMENT HISTORY
    • LEGAL HISTORY AND STATUS
  • An additional PARENT/GUARDIAN QUESTIONNAIRE (PQ) is provided to those identified adults involved in supporting the assessment and treatment process for their child.

Information in the MENTAL STATUS and SUBSTANCE USE behavior domains is gathered through clinical interview by a trained clinician, with the inventories completed by the assessment clinician.

The remaining 7 Domains are addressed in a questionnaire format designed to facilitate client self-report and independent completion. These questionnaires identify adolescent-appropriate strengths & needs, use language and sentence structure designed for ease of understanding, and support narrative and open-ended response to insure comprehensive collection of information.

This self-report format also helps to insure that the “client’s voice” and language choice is well-reflected within the assessment, and provides insight into client readiness-for-change. The hand-written format allows for additional identification of written communication skills and challenges, as well as any comprehension difficulties. For those youth who are unable to complete the Adolescent Assessment Questionnaire independently, this tool easily serves as a guide for a comprehensive structured interview.

Centerpoint Evaluations result in detailed reports with clinical impression, diagnostic information, and a complete set of recommendations that build on a client’s strengths and identify resources and supports to address a client’s needs.

For more information or to schedule an assessment, call 488-7711.

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