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8240 Evaluation, Treatment, and Substance Abuse Services

CPS February 2013

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8241 Definitions

CPS February 2013

Evaluation-related terms:

Psychosocial Assessment

Psychological Testing

Psychiatric Evaluation

Treatment-related terms:

Individual counseling

Group counseling

Family counseling

Programs for children with developmental delays

Programs for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Evaluation-Related Terms

A Psychosocial Assessment is an interview-based mental health assessment conducted by a Master’s level licensed clinician (such as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Professional Counselor) during the initial intake. The written report should include a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) diagnosis, recommendations for treatment, and any additional psychological testing or psychiatric evaluation that may be needed.

Psychological Testing is conducted by a licensed psychologist and includes a clinical interview, the use of standardized tools, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Psychological testing is most useful in determining developmental level, IQ, and overall cognitive and emotional functioning.

Psychiatric Evaluation is conducted by a psychiatrist and includes a clinical interview, medical history, mental status exam, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. This evaluation is most useful in determining danger to self or others, need for psychotropic medication and need for acute hospitalization.

Treatment-Related Terms

Individual counseling is private, face-to-face counseling between a client and a counselor or therapist to help the client meet his or her treatment goals. This may include substance abuse counseling.

Group counseling is counseling provided simultaneously to at least two unrelated individuals to help them meet their treatment goals.

Family counseling is counseling provided simultaneously to two or more members of a family to help them meet their individual or family treatment goals. The family group may include parents, children, or other individuals who are close to, or part of, the family and who affect the family’s functioning.

Programs for children with developmental delays This is professional treatment for children with identified developmental delays, or training to caregivers to assist and support children with developmental delays. This may not include child day care services.

Programs for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities This is professional treatment to assist children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or training to caregivers to assist and support children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This may not include child day care services.

Counseling for Foster or Adoptive Parents

Foster or adoptive parents also may be eligible for counseling to support and stabilize placements of children in care and to prevent disruptions. Medicaid covers only the eligible client. Staff utilize Title IV-B funds to cover counseling for family members and foster and adoptive parents.

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