In order to determine the best path towards recovery and healing for an individual and family, it is important to obtain the necessary background information about the client’s history and present circumstances. Consultations are 1-2 hours in length and can be done in person, via phone or via Skype with the client and/or family members who may want to be included and will provide our team with the necessary information to make recommendations for a treatment plan. A comprehensive typed report is provided that includes a summary of the case that integrates the client, loved one’s and any present caregiver’s perspectives, recommendations for level of care (for descriptions of levels of care please view Sarah’s blog that is also featured on Psychology Today.com What Type of Addiction Services Do I Need? ) and specific recommendations of appropriate clinicians and/or a treatment program with contact information. These recommendations are based on the mental health and addiction symptoms, financial preferences, needs of the family, logistical limitations and preference. The written report will include a first choice treatment plan with several specific recommendations (i.e. therapists, interventionist, mutual help meetings, residential treatment programs as determined to be necessary) along with a second choice plan in order to provide additional options for the individual and family. We realize that client’s may not be willing to engage in our first choice plan, and believe that having several choices can increase chances of adherence.
In order to streamline the referral process, we also offer specialized services to assist in the actual treatment placement process. This can include our contacting appropriate treatment programs, providing the necessary clinical information, setting up the intake date, arranging for an interventionist (if needed), coordinating transportation to the treatment center and collaborating with the treatment program clinical team in order to represent the needs of the client/family and to communicate relevant assessment information.
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