Brief Assessments

What is it?

The Brief Assessment is an evaluation that BHC offers to all of our new therapy intakes in the first few weeks of treatment. It measures a wide variety of mental health symptoms that may benefit from targeted treatment interventions.

The assessment looks for signs of depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavioral concerns, relationship challenges, and more.

How is it helpful?

One of the key aspects of the Brief Assessment is the opportunity to identify needs for further neuropsychological testing for conditions such as ASD, ADHD, and additional disorders. This is particularly valuable information for parents, as early interventions in some of these disorders lead to improved treatment outcomes.

By having results and suggestions for treatment presented, it allows for a streamlined process towards more effective treatment interventions–without the trial and error that may delay identifying concerns or causing undue stress.

Value of Early Interventions

  • 50% of mental disorders start by 14 years old, and are usually preceded by non-specific psychosocial disturbances (difficulty focusing, class disruption, interrupting, etc.)
  • Children have greater sensitivity and vulnerability in early brain development, with long-lasting effects on academic, social, emotional, and behavioral achievements in adulthood
  • Children experience the greatest delay to initial mental health treatment, in part due to a lack of initial diagnosis
  • Early interventions help improve a child’s ability to succeed academically, improve friendships and social relations, and dynamic with family
  • Additional benefits include assisted development of healthy self-image and confidence, along with avoiding substance use, disruptive behaviors, and early sexual activity

Client FAQ

Does it cost anything?
That depends on your insurance plan and whether you’ve met your deductible or not. We will run the assessment through your insurance. However, it is recommended you touch base with your insurance to see if you have coverage for psychological testing. If needed, the billing code for the service is CPT Code: 96130.
Is it something I have to do?
It’s not mandatory for treatment, no. However, it does help a great deal, for children in particular, and can save time in terms of diagnosis and treatment planning–especially if there are any suspicions of a condition impacting treatment
How long does it take?
It’ll be sent through email and can be completed on your computer. You can expect it to take anywhere from 20-30 minutes depending on responses.
If I say no, can I change my mind later?
Yes! If later on you decide that you might like to go through the testing process, just let your therapist know and they can complete an internal referral to our testing coordinator.