Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment Service

The Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment Service (CPAS) at The Menninger Clinic works closely with adults and their families who are dealing with challenging psychiatric issues or crises, particularly patients who:
You gave me my daughter back. - parent of former CPAS patient
Our patients struggle with a variety of issues, including:
  • Depression
  • Cognitive issues
  • Thought disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Dual diagnoses
  • Mania
  • Eating disorders
  • Co-morbid medical and neurological disorders

The program offers two distinct services:

  • Stabilization for acute symptoms and discharge planning
  • Comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and recommendations for next steps

Inpatient Assessment

The Menninger Clinic’s Comprehensive Assessment Service offers customized, intensive and thorough diagnostic evaluations that can help clarify a patient’s issues and determine the most effective next steps. Evaluation reports help the patient's future clinicians create an effective, personalized treatment plan.


CPAS provides customized inpatient stabilization care that includes:
  • An alternative to typical acute settings, including biopsychosocial assessment, gene and biomarker testing as needed, medical detoxification and medication management
  • Therapeutic groups that help patients prepare for further psychiatric treatment
  • Psychoeducation groups
  • On-site psychiatrist and weekly meetings with the treatment team
Since the program is hospital-based, we can treat medically complicated patients, as long as they are stable and do not require IV fluids or cardiac monitoring.
Detoxification from alcohol, opiates or other drugs and substances is available to medically stable patients who do not require IV fluids. Patients who require IV fluids can be managed at The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, followed by a transfer back to CPAS. A certified addictions counselor is part of our team.
Most patients participate in a saliva test that is scientifically analyzed to discover the individual's genes and biomarkers that influence the effectiveness of psychiatric treatments. The results enable our treatment team to more quickly determine what medication and therapies suit the patient's profile. This can help avoid trial-and-error in how each person responds to medication. Additional assessments guide the team in making a diagnosis.
We provide an engaging and supportive alternative to typical acute hospital settings. Our goals are to meet the patient’s immediate needs and collaborate with the patient and family on appropriate follow-up or treatment. We also encourage family members to participate in a Family Orientation session and a Family Education Day.
Our team has the expertise to engage reticent patients and families to help them understand the benefits of treatment and prepare for the next step. This process includes working as a team to help patients overcome fears or opposition to further treatment.
We consider family members and referring professionals important members of the treatment team. With the patient’s written permission, a team member contacts the referring professionals for background and updates them about the patient’s progress. The team social worker serves as the liaison between the team and family.

Our Interdisciplinary Team

The interdisciplinary team at CPAS includes a psychiatrist, psychologist, neuropsychologist, psychosomatic physician, internist, social worker, rehabilitation specialist, certified addictions counselor, nurses and other specialists. They bring extensive expertise to each patient’s care. The psychiatrist, psychologist and social worker work full time on the unit, making them more accessible.