Alcohol & Drug Dependency Evals- No appointment needed on Tuesday’s
Welcome to ShareHouse’s Tuesday Walk-In Evals for persons who are suffering from drug, alcohol and prescriptive addictions. We know that overcoming any one of these addictions is challenging and that is why we have provided an outline to help you and your loved ones prepare for a walk-in visit. Every Tuesday our Walk-In Evals are 8:00am to 2:30pm. You do not need an appointment. Please stop in and get the help you and your loved one needs.
What to expect when you’re expecting (an eval that is).
- When you walk in to our Outpatient facility you are greeted by the office manager, Dana.
- Insurance is checked and if needed $100 is collected at the time of the evaluation (depending on insurance, etc)
- Dana then hands this person an intake packet. They are asked to fill out the Addiction services application, informed consent to treatment, consent agreement and acknowledgements, and services evaluation form. They are given to take home the confidentiality information, grievance procedure, and information on a client’s rights and responsibilities. Client fill out the intake packet in the lobby, it generally will take about 5-10 minutes.
- When finished they turn the intake packet in to Dana.
- Dana will then lead the client to the kiosk room where they will fill out an Addiction Services Application and the Client’s Personal History form on a computer. It can take from 10-40 minutes depending on how comfortable and knowledgeable about computers a person is. If a client needs assistance Dana or our case manager, David will help with the computer forms. The kiosk room is an office with 4-6 computers in it.
- Once completed with the computer forms, each client will meet with the nurse for a UA (urine analysis) and BA (breathalyzer). You are asked to provide a urine sample which is tested at that time. If you are positive for any substances, the urine will be sent to the lab for further testing. You are asked to blow into a breathalyzer. The nurse will assess for possible detox needs.
- Once completed with the UA and BA, the person will meet with the Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) to begin the evaluation. Before an evaluation starts, each client will be told about the exceptions to confidentiality and releases of information will be obtained. Each LAC is required to make collateral contacts with people in the client’s lives that can answer questions about their substance use, etc. The evaluation consists of the addiction counselor asking many questions over a 1.5 to 2-hour period. Clients will be asked about their substance use history, medical concerns, mental health concerns, motivation towards sobriety and treatment, ability to stay sober, and their living environment, which includes housing, employment, family, friends, etc.
- Once the evaluation is completed, the LAC will do one of two things:
- If residential treatment is needed: The LAC will inform the client to wait for a few minutes while the case is staffed and the client will be informed of their recommendation at that time. The client will then be called by the intake coordinator to set up an admit time and day.
- If outpatient treatment is recommended: The LAC will inform the client that their evaluation will need to be staffed with other members of the clinical team such as nursing, mental health, other LACs, program director, case manager, UR, etc. Clients will be informed that their evaluation cannot be completed without collateral information. Also, evals are staffed, usually Thursdays and at times on Mondays, after the LAC will call them with the recommendation. This may be in a few days or up to a week, possibly longer if the collateral contacts are hard to get a hold of.
- When the eval is finished the LAC will call and inform the client of the recommendation.
- If a client is recommended to treatment, they will then be called by the office manager, Dana, and informed of a start date, where and when to come, and who their LAC/group leader will be.
- On the first night of group the client will be encouraged to bring a family member or close friend that will be a good support outside of treatment to orientation.
- Orientation will be about 1 – 1.5 hours. During orientation, the clients will be introduced to the treatment team they will be working with and able to ask any questions that they have about starting group. We will also go over the guidelines and policies for outpatient. As well as some different services, available to aid in the client’s recovery.
- After completing orientation, the clients then will join their outpatient group.