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The Assessment Process

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What to expect during your confidential assessment

The goal is simply to understand your unique situation and determine what type of treatment would best support you.

The purpose of an assessment is to get to know you and your family and to understand what you’re going through.

You’ll leave the assessment with a clear path forward and with all your questions about Sandstone Care answered.

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How long does the assessment take?

Meet with the family

15 to 30 minutes

The first thing we’ll do is meet with you and your family together. We want to have a comprehensive understanding of your situation, so we’ll ask each family member to share their perspective.

We will ask open-ended questions to learn as much as we can about what’s going on. This portion of the assessment typically takes about 15 to 30 minutes, but we’ll allow for as much time as you and your family need.

Meet one-on-one with the client

60 to 90 minutes

Once we’ve heard from each family member, we will ask them to step out of the room while we meet one on one with you, the young adult. This meeting typically takes about an hour.

During the meeting, we’ll try to learn as much as we can about what the individual is going through. To do this, we’ll dig into their psychiatric, social, academic, vocational, family life, and substance abuse history. Some questions we may ask include:

  • How’s your job going?
  • What’s your social life like?
  • What’s your relationship like with your family?
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • What are some of your short and long-term goals?
  • Why do you use this substance?
  • Do you ever feel lonely?

Once we’ve learned as much as we can, we’ll invite the family back into the room to go over some potential next steps. We will also answer any questions you or your family might have about Sandstone Care.

Talk about next steps

15 to 30 minutes

Once we have the family back in the room, we’ll talk about what we’ve found during the assessment process.

If we feel that the young adult and their family would be a good fit for our program, we’ll discuss which of our programs would work best for them. Our programs vary from day treatment, which is 25 to 30 hours per week, to outpatient care, which is only a few hours of counseling per week. We’ll also answer any questions you might have about the programs.

If we don’t find that a program at Sandstone Care is a good next step for you, we’ll work with you to find a different option that better suits your specific needs. We have a lot of connections in the industry and will be able to place you in a program that will work for your situation.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Assessment Process

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One of our licensed clinicians will conduct the assessment.

We’ll meet in one of our offices.

All our assessments are 100% confidential. We will not share anything with anyone without your permission to do so.

The assessment is the first step for all of our clients. The primary reason for the assessment is for us to get to know you and your situation so we can recommend the right program for you, whether that is at Sandstone Care or elsewhere. It is also a great time for you to get to know Sandstone Care as well.

If you’re using private insurance, the assessment can be covered by your insurance. Please reach out to verify your insurance benefits to confirm the specifics. If you’re paying privately, we can discuss the costs involved when you call to schedule the assessment.

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Let’s take the next steps together

We understand taking the first step is difficult. There is no shame or guilt in asking for help or more information. We are here to support you in any way we can.