Often, patients in the Hope Program have received conflicting diagnoses and treatment recommendations, including prescribed medications. Our team of specialists recognizes how these conflicts may have become a barrier to achieving well-being and management of symptoms. Consequently, we believe the first step toward successful treatment is getting an accurate understanding of the patient’s medical and emotional status. This process 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
The 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 from 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.
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.
The Hope team establishes the diagnoses and recommendations for continued treatment based on thorough assessments and its interactions with the patient. The team shares these diagnostic findings and recommendations in a meeting with the patient and, with the patient's consent, his or her family or referring professional.