All clients admitted to residential care at The Mental Health Co-op are admitted to the Assessment Unit, located at the main Houston, Texas, campus. Clients may know they are moving to other program units at admission but will still be seen for an assessment period in this unit. The time in this unit can vary from 10 days to 60 days and does not affect the fee of the client.
The assessment unit is under the direction of Christine Curiger, M.S. who is primary psychotherapist for both individual and family work during the assessment period. In addition, the residential care team includes the Residential Care Supervisor, an LVN supervisor, plus 24/7 residential care counselors assigned to the unit.
The primary purpose of the unit is to provide clinical information for the agency and family use in making longer term treatment plans, whether within the agency or after discharge.
The assessment unit will be looking at three major areas of function/dysfunction:
- Biologic – the impact of a mental (or other) illness on the functioning, thinking and problem solving skills of the resident
- Developmental – the level of emotional maturation- highest level achieved by the client and then current levels of emotional functioning
- Behavioral – the types of behaviors the client uses (historical and currently) to cope with social. biological, and emotional discomforts
- Substance Abuse – both history and current levels of substance abuse
Residents in the Assessment Unit are seen in multiple groups daily, with individual and family therapy as scheduled (normally two individual therapy sessions per week with more during this intense period of problem definition).
Clients are scheduled to leave the assessment unit after 30 days in that setting, unless the assessment has not been completed or has uncovered reasons the client needs to remain in this more regimented part of our program. Clients cannot stay in the assessment status longer than 60 days.