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Comprehensive Clinical Assessments: What You Need to Know

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — November 13, 2019 — 2 min read

Introduction to Assessments Video (English)


Introduction to Assessments Video (Spanish)

Comprehensive Clinical Assessments (CCA) are face-to-face evaluations typically completed by a mental health professional to help develop an appropriate treatment plan. 

The clinician will meet with you, and if it applies, your guardian. The clinician will ask a lot of questions to find out if there are any mental health, developmental disabilities or substance use concerns. The clinician will gather information from you about different areas of your life including: 
  • The reason for the assessment
  • Medical or mental health history
  • Substance use history
  • Education and employment
  • Social history
Most assessments start with a referral. Reasons for receiving a referral may include symptoms of depression, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), family conflict, trauma or domestic violence. Others may be referred by someone or by oneself for behavioral challenges, psychosis or substance use.

Assessments take one to two hours to complete. Intake paperwork is completed at the beginning of the assessment. A written report is created following the assessment. It outlines what services, programs or activities are recommended to help you to be as healthy as possible. 

Assessments are required by most insurance carriers before you can start receiving certain counseling services. Medicaid requires assessments. The cost of the assessment is determined by your insurance.

Additional Resources

This information is the result of work done by the Mecklenburg Youth Assessment Collaborative Workgroup. This video and article were created through the collaboration of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare and Family First Community Services, with special thanks to all partners in the workgroup: Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, Atrium Health, Mecklenburg Youth and Family Services, Mental Health America (MHA) Central Carolinas, The Sparc Network, Teen Health Connections, and Turning Point Family Services. 
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