CATS

The Centerpoint Battery of Assessment Questionnaires

The CATS is a comprehensive biopsychosocial questionnaire 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
  • FAMILY
  • PEER & SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS
  • SCHOOL
  • EMPLOYMENT
  • MEDICAL HISTORY
  • COUNSELING & TREATMENT HISTORY
  • LEGAL HISTORY

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 motivation-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, the questionnaire serves as a guide for a comprehensive structured interview.

While the Assessment Questionnaire is a comprehensive information gathering tool, it is only one part of any evaluation process.  Effective adolescent evaluation requires objective and semi-objective measures, structured clinical interview, and collateral contact and information gathering.  These evaluations result in a detailed report with clinical impression, diagnostic information, and a complete set of recommendations building on a client’s strengths and identifying resources and supports to address a client’s needs.

Centerpoint’s Adolescent Assessment Questionnaire is intended for use within Centerpoint’s range of assessment and evaluation services.  Any other use or adaptation requires prior written approval.

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