Yogi Berra, famous baseball player, is quoted as having said – “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else.”
SCYAP believes that this is true for both behavioral health and human services. Treatment and service interventions are most effective when the nature, cause, and potential effects of a youth’s presenting problems are identified and a corresponding course of treatment is developed from this knowledge, making Diagnostic and Clinical Assessment Services critical in the treatment planning for youth and families.
Diagnostic and Assessment Services are applicable to and appropriate for youth who are just beginning to receive treatment services and for youth who require a redetermination of the appropriate course of treatment and/or services that will best meet their needs.
SCYAP offers 2 specific types of Diagnostic and Clinical Assessment Services:
Behavioral Health Screening
Either of these services can be provided as “stand alone” services or they can be a component of a larger array of services for a youth or family, such as in-home therapy or community-based services.
Diagnostic and Clinical Assessment Services are available on a statewide basis.
Behavioral Health Screening (BHS)
The purpose of a Behavioral Health Screening (BHS) is to provide early identification of behavioral health issues and to facilitate appropriate referral for either a more focused/detailed assessment and/or for treatment. BHS is designed to identify behavioral health issues and/or the risk of the development of behavioral health problems. BHS is conducted using a standardized clinical assessment tool through client interviews and/or self-report.
Diagnostic Assessment (DA)
The purpose of a Diagnostic Assessment (DA) is to determine the need for treatment services, to establish or confirm a diagnosis (diagnoses), to assist in the development of an individualized plan of care based upon the individual's strengths and deficits, and/or to assess progress in and need for continued treatment. A DA includes evaluation of clinical considerations of the individual’s general physical, developmental, family, social, psychiatric, and psychological history and current condition and also include information on strengths, vulnerabilities, and needed mental and other services.
Community-Based Services / WRAParound Services / Diagnostic and Clinical Services / Therapy Services / In-Home Family Services / Transportation Services / Youth Opportunities