Whether you are a parent, relative, or professional, you are probably concerned about an adolescent who may have an alcohol or drug problem. The 5 most common sources of referral for assessment are:
- Attorneys, judges and/or probation officers
- Physicians, hospitals or mental health providers
If you are seeking an assessment, you must be willing to recognize that your child may have a problem, and be prepared to be strong enough to deal with the resistance you will most likely encounter.
Choosing ASAP for the Assessment
The first step to getting help for your child is to get an assessment. ASAP is a facility licensed by the State of Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS). Each clinician is also licensed by the state of Ohio as a social worker, psychologist, and/or chemical dependency counselor. Unlike many other facilities, adolescents and their families are our only clients. We do not see adults or younger children.
ASAP uses the American Society of Addiction Medicine Criteria (ASAM) to determine the appropriate level of care your child may need. All recommendations are reviewed by our psychologist, Dr. Baum, who is also our clinical director. The court system, schools, insurance companies, and other facilities have fully accepted our reports. We understand taking this first step is often a terrifying and extremely difficult decision for a parent. We are here to guide you through each step of the process.
Parents can either call 513.792.1272 or fill out the “contact us” form that appears on each page of the website. From there an ASAP professional will complete an Intake with you. He or she will ask you about the problem your child is having and will obtain basic information like your address, phone numbers, and your child’s date of birth. It is also helpful to have your insurance card with you if you would like us to check on your benefits. Once the Intake is complete, a time will be set for the assessment.
The ASAP assessment takes between an hour and a half and two hours. Regardless of the adolescent’s age, a parent or guardian must be present. You will meet with a licensed chemical dependency clinician, an expert who has many years of experience working with adolescents. These years of experience have helped ASAP’s clinicians become quite adept in discerning the adolescent’s degree of honesty.
The assessment will begin with a brief meeting with the clinician. At this time, the parent will be asked to complete some paperwork as well as a Parent Assessment, while the adolescent is asked to complete a drug and alcohol self-questionnaire. When these tests are completed, the adolescent will meet with the clinician for a comprehensive interview. The clinician will determine whether or not a drug screen is needed. The clinician will review the information and invite the parent back into the room to share the results and make recommendations if needed.
There is a range of recommendations that could be made. These include: no treatment necessary, drug and alcohol education, intensive outpatient treatment, inpatient, or residential treatment. ASAP provides an educational group and an IOP (intensive outpatient program). If inpatient or residential treatment is recommended, ASAP will provide recommendations/referrals. There are times when the ASAP professional may determine that the adolescent needs individual counseling for other mental health problems. If this occurs, we will facilitate an appropriate referral.
Formal letters to schools, court, or any other third party are available for a fee.
Most insurance companies do not cover the cost of the assessment. Further information about the cost can be discussed with your intake specialist.