Choosing a Treatment Program

1. What is the purpose of an assessment?
The purpose of an assessment is to get a comprehensive picture of your problems to make sure that you are referred to the right type of treatment.
2.Who should conduct an assessment? And who else can help if a person with the appropriate credentials is NOT available?
Ideally, an Addiction Psychiatrist or American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) certified addiction professional
should conduct the screening and assessment. However, this type of professional may not be available to you. In that case, look for a licensed mental health or drug abuse counselor with clinical experience or a general mental health counselor. The important piece is making sure you work with a professional to assess the situation and figure out next steps in your child’s care. Ideally, the person conducting the assessment should have at least a master’s degree in the mental health field (such as a social worker or mental health counselor).


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Click here for a list of assessment services in Lake County. These places have been licensed and certified by the Ohio Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.