What is an assessment?
At Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, our goal during the assessment process is for everyone to feel comfortable and informed. A licensed Intake & 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 Intake & Referral clinician will discuss the recommendation and then make a determination about treatment options.
How do I schedule an assessment?
An Intake and Referral professional can be reached toll free at 972.982.0900. 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
- Drug/Alcohol abuse
- Bipolar Disorder
- Hearing voices/seeing things others can’t hear or see
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Or any other concerning behaviors, please call. 972.982.0900.
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.