Assessment

Assessment

We have a dedicated team at Mountain Ridge Behavioral Health Center providing evaluations to meet a variety of needs. Our providers are able to conduct ADHD assessments, diagnose academic learning disorders, conduct Autism evaluations, comprehensive evaluations/diagnostic clarification, and conduct pre-surgical mental health evaluations (such as for gender affirmation, bariatric, or spinal procedures).

DESCRIPTION OF ASSESSMENTS:

ADHD Assessment (6+ years): ADHD may appear differently in children/adolescents and adults. Common symptoms for children and adolescents include: difficulty maintaining focus on one specific task, not listening when spoken to, struggling to follow directions, forgetting to complete or submit homework assignments, and difficulty engaging in quiet or calm activities. Common ADHD symptoms for adults include: problems with planning and organization, difficulty paying attention, misplacing items, restlessness, and difficulty initiating and completing tasks. Proper diagnosis and treatment of ADHD can help significantly reduce and sometimes completely eliminate the symptoms. Diagnostic clarification can be added to this stand-alone assessment for a fee (see below; final fee may vary depending on additional measures required based on clinical need).

Autism Evaluation (6+ years): Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) impacts several areas of an individual’s life. Our providers use evidenced-based methodologies to assess relevant cognitive processes, behaviors, and social/emotional symptoms to differentiate Autism from other mental health conditions that impact similar areas of functioning. In addition to other assessment measures, we use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Second Edition (ADOS-2) to assess and aid in Autism diagnosis, a tool most insurance companies require for patients to access certain services, such as speech and occupational therapy, or applied behavioral analysis (ABA).

Psychoeducational Learning Disorder Evaluation: A test of intelligence and academic achievement helps our providers diagnose a learning disorder. These evaluations are helpful to support an IEP or 504 plan, or academic accommodations. Parents of children with behavioral or other psychological challenges may consider a Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation to best determine behavioral interventions and recommendations for school.

Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation: This evaluation involves a series of individually administered, standardized tests that help understand an individuals intellectual profile, strengths and weaknesses, and potential barriers that interfere with daily life. The test battery consists of measures in several areas that are tailored to an individuals presenting concerns, often including intellectual ability (IQ), academic functioning (for children, adolescents, and college students younger than 25 years), language, memory, visual and auditory processing, attention, executive functioning, and social-emotional functioning. Additional psychological tests may be required should other diagnostic considerations arise. Through the evaluation process, the provider is able to gather the information necessary to inform a treatment plan, which includes targeted interventions to improve the identified challenges that prevent them from being successful in their academic environment.

Pre-Surgical Evaluation (18+ years): Before a patient can undergo surgery (e.g. gender affirming, bariatric procedures, or spinal cord stimulators, etc.), the insurance company may require the patient to undergo a mental health evaluation to help determine their mental state before the procedure.. These psychological evaluations may include a discussion about your personal life through an interview and assessment of your mental health history, your expectations undergoing the procedure, and any lifestyle factors that may complicate the long-term success of the procedure; as well as completing a battery of psychological questionnaires, personality tests, and any other screeners the psychologist deems appropriate. The psychologist may also request to review applicable medical records. Once the evaluation has been completed, a report would be written and would include any recommended treatment that would help improve the outcome of the surgical procedure.

COST STRUCTURE:

The prices for these assessments may vary based on the individual needs of the patient, the purpose of the evaluation, and the tests the evaluator decides to use in order to provide the most comprehensive answers to your questions. Because time spent interpreting and writing the testing results can vary based on each individual’s complexities, we only charge for time spent face-to-face with the psychologist completing your or your child’s evaluation. We charge $350.00 per hour, with a three-hour minimum for a general evaluation. To protect you from unknown costs, we also put a maximum cap on different types of evaluations. For example, a typical ADHD evaluation takes approximately four hours to complete face-to-face; however, based on your (or your child’s) needs, abilities, or behavioral challenges, additional time may be required in which we will cap your pricing at six hours, regardless if it takes more. When testing goes over the minimum time, we will prorate each hour in 15-minute increments for the remaining time required until the cap is reached.

Please contact our office to schedule a free phone consultation to determine your individual assessment needs and to determine the cost of your evaluation.
* COST VARIES BASED ON NEEDS OF INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE TO BE SCHEDULED A PHONE CONSULTATION TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE COST AND APPROPRIATE ASSESSMENT.

For patients who would like to use their insurance, our office can provide a receipt of payment/superbill and any other documentation needed to be reimbursed directly by the insurance company.