This particular mental health intake form contains seven pages of questions concerning the client’s current mental health status and past mental health status, as well as addresses medical history and social environment. The form appears to completely cover the client’s medical and mental health history, as well as gathers pertinent information about the client’s family history. However, there seems to be a lack of questions regarding the client’s environment. For example, there are no questions concerning the client’s living situation.
In December 2014, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education published “Rethinking the Admission Process.” This article was written by Frank DiMaria, who takes a look at the research of the former president of the University of Wyoming, Robert Sternberg. DiMaria explains Sternberg’s stance against the current admissions process. Sternberg has research that depicts, “GPA, standardized tests, and essays do not successfully measure the true talent of a college applicant.” He believes that the policies need to change. Sternberg offers an alternative to the current process. Sternberg has been a part of a new admissions policy testing students not just on their memorization and analytical skills, but on their creative, practical, and wisdom-based skills as well. Sternberg’s ideas stem from his experience with disadvantaged youth and their ability to adapt and overcome obstacles. Sternberg claims that students who grow up in the upper middle class tend to have an environment which better values the analytical skills that the current tests measure. He argues that, because of this, colleges may not be getting the most creative and adaptable students. He shows that some of these less privileged students are capable of handling a college workload even though they may not have been able to score as high on the SAT or other tests. DiMaria believes that through Sternberg’s Kaleidoscope policy may be a solution. The Kaleidoscope way of admissions administers tests which ask open ended
This intake packet is lengthy. I do believe it would be beneficial to the client if there were not so many questions. People coming in for services already have concerns or issues they are trying to work through. Many times, clients feel overwhelmed or anxious about beginning mental health services. This intake form, with all its questions and nine pages, may contribute to increased anxiety or be overwhelming for people. The questions are
I currently work at an SMI clinic for TERROS and I selected an intake form off of the internet instead of the intake for my work because our intake is a template that generates into a document once signed by all appropriate parties. I must say this random mental health intake form I found is extremely similar. I think these forms are now somewhat standardized and having just recently started filling out assessments of this nature and doing service plans with behavioral health recipients. I must confess it is difficult to get all of these answers out of clients and to keep their attention long enough to complete this paperwork. I feel often times we must resort to generic answers that do not give us a full understanding f who these people are and what their needs are, but it is a good resource to have a basic understanding of a client and when sharing information with other people on the clinical team good note taking skills and complete forms makes communication and client service much more efficient.
There are some questions within the intake form that can be difficult for the client to follow, as they are heavy with regards to medical terminology. When seeking information regarding substance abuse issues the intake form outlines the medical term for the different types of substances a client can be utilizing potentially making it difficult for the client to determine the types of substances that the client has chosen to utilize. Otherwise, the remainder of the form appears to be written in a way that can be understood among different reading levels.
Today I organized documents for case managers because there are some new clients that are being processed. There is a form that must be completed on each client which is an Intake form. This form is the form that Case Worker fill out when a new client is introduced into the Redeploy program. There are two different forms Outer Counties and St. Clair counties. On the document it has several questions such as name, address, education, health, and use of what substance, religion, and family income. This is the first form I saw in each client’s file because this is important to know who file you are looking at and the background on the client.
The intake process of patients is different from practice to practice, but the main purpose of the process is retrieve new and established patients information during check in at a providers office, a hospital, or clinic. By having an efficient intake process a efficient patient flow can be maintained.
I do not think there is always sufficient space to answer questions completely. For example, within the Family Background and Childhood History section, there are questions asking the client to describe their relationship with both their father and mother. Only one and one-half lines are provided for this response. A bit more space might encourage a better understanding of client concerns. I understand the intake is intended to be brief but additional client explanation would be helpful.
The social service agency chosen to profile in this essay is COPE Community Services. They are located in Tucson Arizona and have many locations around town to better service and provide convenience for members. They provide integrated care for members. COPE's services include behavioral health, opioid treatment, medical services, therapy, youth services, and community health services. COPE accepts a wide range of members seeking services from the general mental health to severely mentally ill population. An Intake is completed to identify services for members. COPE accepts insurances from AHCCCS, Medicare, Tricare, and other contracted private insurances.
An integrated screening is used for information gathering through interviews, testing, and overall assessment. It can be used to determine signs of intoxication and self-harm, as well as a client’s overall behavior and outward appearance. It is more of a surface-level examination and should not be used as the only assessment tool. In contrast, integrated assessment is more detailed and looks at cognitive functioning, readiness for change, and can be used to establish formal diagnoses and determine the appropriate level of care. It is client-centered, motivating, and should encourage the client to continue with treatment. There are typically 12 specific steps used in this assessment, which are used to obtain information on symptoms, strength, limitation, cultural barriers, and past history with mental health and substance abuse difficulties. In addition, the clinician can use this to obtain a reading of the client’s perception of the problem and how they would like to make a change. As described above in the summary of the previous reading, integrated treatment planning is a detailed look at the services that are expected to be provided to the client for each problem and how this will bring about change change for him or her. It is not a final document and will change over the course of time as the person continues to grow. Not one of these three options should be used alone, but rather all should be combined in the appropriate manner to best serve the
They will also have the means of offering an increase to effective treatment for everyone they see and also give them the chance of addressing the prevention process of substance abuse and any mental illnesses they may be suffering from. This program will increase all awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and also give them the avenue of increased access to effective treatment. Having these structured initiatives in place will also make way for SAMHSA to survey and surveillance nationally in effort to support the behavioral health field from the critical feedback. They will also have the means to build public awareness of how important behavioral health is to the community. SAMHSA will have the opportunity to see an improvement through evaluating their programs and providing activities that will support their target goal in transforming the behavioral health care system. Thy will be working toward developing an expert practice that will provide prevention treatment for those with addictions and mental treatments. These initiatives will also assist SAMHSA to support different states, territories, and tribes to construct and develop their system capacity with encouraging improvements, efficient approaches and operating on evidence-based programs and services which will show a positive result after care.
Intake is an important first step in developing a helping relationship with clients. Hepworth et al. (2013) note that as social workers, we must conduct multidimensional assessments of the problem in order to “identify the systems that play a significant role in the difficulty,” and also be able to “identifying relevant resources that can be tapped or must be developed” in order for treatment to occur. Conversely, if these assessments lack important information, clinicians will be missing pieces of important information that are needed to begin a helping relationship. Assessments must be thorough and ask precise questions in order to procure effective treatment solutions.
Becoming acquainted with a potential client’s history, personality and present concerns is necessary in forming a foundation for counseling interventions. This information gathering phase is referred to as assessment (Mears, 2010). While some mental health professionals will use an interview as their primary assessment tool, others will utilize testing