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Steppingstones- Evaluations

The biopsychosocial assessment refers to a series of questions asked at the beginning of treatment of an individual that obtain information about the major physical (bio), psychological, and social issues of the individual. This holistic approach addresses the interaction of these separate issues in order to derive a more effective treatment plan.

Questions covering the biological sphere could include any history of disease, addiction, surgeries, medication use, and family history of illness. Sociological questions may concern family, living arrangements, relationships, finances, and stability of work, home, and school arrangements. Psychological assessment could have questions that cover the presence of psychiatric illness, strong stressors like recent bereavements, and risk of suicide.

DOT evaluations The Department of Transportation has six entities which are required to have alcohol and drug testing programs. These entities are 1) The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA); 2) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); 3) The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA); 4) The Federal Transit Administration (FTA); 5) The United States Coast Guard (USCG); and 6) The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Employees whose jobs are regulated by the DOT are required to submit to various types of alcohol or drug tests: random, post-accident, pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty. Refusal to test produces the same result as a positive drug test and is a violation of federal law.

When an Employee has a violation, such as a positive test result, they are required to see a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) which has become qualified through the Department of Transportation.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Substance abuse evaluations consistent with NRC regulations.

Court Evaluations- The criminal justice system frequently requires that a mental health and substance abuse evaluation be completed to determine the extent of any of these issues. A meaningful intervention can often help the individual to head down a different path.

When a substance abuse evaluation is requested by a judge, probation officer, lawyer, employer, or an individual, we conduct a formal assessment which includes the following as needed:

DUI evaluations- Most states assume that a DUI conviction is evidence of a drinking problem. The purpose of a DUI evaluation is to conduct an initial screening to obtain significant and relevant information from a DUI offender about the nature and extent of the use of alcohol or other drugs.

Before returning driving privileges to someone convicted of driving under the influence, most states require that drivers undergo an evaluation to determine the extent their lives are affected by alcohol consumption and if their drinking behavior is considered alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence. The evaluator then determines if the offender requires additional education or treatment.

Depending on the driver's evaluation, the required treatment can range from attending a number of support group meetings, outpatient counseling or therapy sessions, or even inpatient detoxification and/or a residential rehabilitation and treatment facility.

Mental Health Evaluations-

A mental health assessment gives your doctor an overall picture of how well you feel emotionally and how well you are able to think, reason, and remember (cognitive functioning). Your doctor will ask you questions and examine you. You might answer some of the doctor's questions in writing. Your doctor will pay attention to how you look and your mood, behavior, thinking, reasoning, memory, and ability to express yourself. Your doctor will also ask questions about how you get along with other people, including your family and friends. Sometimes the assessment includes lab tests, such as blood or urine tests.

A mental health assessment can help diagnose:

 

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