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Outpatient Psychiatric Assessments

A four and one-half-day (4.5-day) outpatient assessment is available for adults, including older adults, seeking a greater understanding of their symptoms and current issues in their personal or work life, and children or adolescents who are having issues at home or in school.
The outpatient assessments team looks at questions posed by the client or family and the medical, genetic, psychological and social factors that may affect an individual's current situation, health and well-being. For children and adolescents, the assessment team is led by a child psychiatrist.
In addition to the team's psychologist and senior social worker, consulting specialists in neurology, pain, eating disorders, psychiatric rehabilitation, addictions, personality disorders, depression, self-injury, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder are available to help evaluate issues and to recommend a health and treatment plan. 
After gathering clinical data and insights, the team presents its findings and treatment recommendations at the end of the assessment period. Within two weeks, the client or family receives the team's final written report. To see a sample report, click here.
The assessment cannot be applied to legal or administrative cases.

What's Included?

Prior to arrival and during the assessment week, the outpatient assessments team collaborates with the client and/or family in a series of diagnostic tests, medical exams and evaluations to obtain a 360-degree review of the client's mind-body issues. The workup includes:

  • Psychological and neurocognitive assessments
  • Genetic profile test to determine optimal medication
  • Detailed review of medication use and timeline by a Menninger pharmacist
  • An EEG and MRI of the head*
  • A screening physical exam*
  • Specialty assessments, such as addictions, when indicated
  • Psychosocial assessment
  • Laboratory tests, including a required drug screening*

* The cost of the screening physical, labs and MRI is the responsibility of the client/family.


Scheduling an Outpatient Assessment

Our Admissions coordinators will listen to the issues causing concern and work with you to determine if our outpatient assessment will meet your needs or the needs of your child. Similarly, if a geriatrics assessment or evaluation is needed, our coordinators will help schedule it.


Assessments typically begin on Mondays and continue during the five-day work week. Assessments must be planned in advance through our Admissions staff.


Before arriving, we'll ask for clinical information on psychiatric, medical and psychosocial issues, which will help the team understand the client's history and goals for the assessment. This information will also enable the team to personalize the assessment even further by adding additional tests or evaluations by specialists as needed.


To complete a genetic profile, the client will need to submit a self-administered saliva sample several days before arriving at Menninger. Our staff will provide step-by-step instructions for this simple collection process.


Outpatient Assessments Team

The outpatient assessments team includes a psychiatrist, psychologist and senior social worker, in addition to other mental health clinicians with expertise in a range of specialties.


Assessment Cost

The 4.5-day outpatient assessment costs $10,000. A $2,000 nonrefundable down payment is required before an assessment can be scheduled.


For more information, please call our Admissions Office at 800-351-9058 or 713-275-5000.