We believe the first step toward successful treatment is getting an accurate understanding of the patient’s psychiatric and psychological status at admission.
Participation in the Hope Program for Adults (Hope) at The Menninger Clinic begins with a comprehensive and accurate assessment, including:
- A complete psychiatric evaluation, nursing and psychosocial assessments, and a number of psychological screening modalities
- Prior testing results if available
- A physical examination, including screening for medical issues such as heart disease, diabetes or thyroid problems
- Evaluating all current medications for both psychiatric and medical indications
A team psychiatrist, our internal medicine physician or physician assistant, and a primary nurse will see each patient within 24 hours of admission to begin the assessment process. Psychological screening assessments will soon follow as well as a comprehensive psychosocial assessment completed by the social worker on the patient’s team.
Additional psychological and neuropsychological assessments are ordered as needed by the psychiatrist and the treatment team. A licensed chemical dependency counselor is on staff to perform addiction assessments and provide ongoing group and individual interventions as needed. Other indicated assessments for issues such as eating disorders or obsessive-compulsive disorder may also be ordered.
Often, patients in Hope have been treated in multiple settings and have received conflicting diagnoses as well as treatment recommendations, including prescribed medications. Patients’ psychiatric illnesses have often been chronic in nature, and the treatment team carefully evaluates the history of patients’ previous courses of treatment
, identifying potential barriers to recovery.
Menninger is one of the nation’s few physician-led intensive treatment centers. While a patient’s medical conditions may be overlooked in some facilities, we have the capacity to evaluate and address medical problems that can make psychiatric treatment more difficult.
After a few weeks of working with a patient, the Hope team finalizes its assessments, establishes working diagnoses and makes recommendations for continued treatment. The team meets with the patient and, with the patient's consent, his or her family to discuss findings and recommendations.