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Who Can Perform a Mental Health Assessment?

When parents notice changes in their teen’s behavior, such as decreased academic performance, lack of interest in activities they once enjoyed, or changes in eating or sleeping patterns, they may wonder if their child is experiencing a mental health condition. If this is the case, it’s important to seek professional help.

One of the first steps in seeking help is to find a professional who can conduct a teen mental health assessment, but who can perform one?

Beyond Healthcare offers mental health assessment and diagnosis services for teens and adolescents 11-17. Our mental health center in Toledo, OH is a safe place for teens to discuss their feelings and concerns with a professional. Our team can provide answers and solutions to difficult problems while also offering clear guidance on how to manage mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, and trauma. A teen mental health assessment could help your family rebuild; call us at 833.698.0453 today to find out how to get started.

Healthcare Professionals Who Can Evaluate and Diagnose Mental Health Conditions

There are several types of healthcare professionals who can perform mental health assessments for teens. It’s important to note that the requirements for these professionals may vary by state, and some may have additional certifications or degrees.

  • Psychiatrists – A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness. They can perform a comprehensive mental health assessment and, if needed, prescribe medication.
  • Psychologists – A psychologist is a mental health professional who is trained in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. They can provide therapy and may perform psychological tests to evaluate mental health.
  • Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) – An LCSW is a mental health professional who provides counseling and therapy to individuals, families, and groups. They can provide resources and support to families and may also perform assessments.
  • Pediatricians – Pediatricians are doctors who specialize in the care of infants, children, and adolescents. They may perform a basic mental health assessment and refer patients to mental health professionals for further evaluation.

These mental health professionals should have the necessary training and expertise to perform a teen mental health assessment. Finding the right one for your teen is important, so be sure to do your research before making a decision.

Relevant Regulations and Laws

In recent years, mental health has become a critical topic of concern, and lawmakers have begun to take notice. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act ensures that insurance plans cover mental health and substance use disorder services in the same way they cover medical and surgical care. Additionally, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) protects the privacy of patients and their medical records, including mental health records.

How to Seek Help

When you think your teen is struggling with their mental health, finding support can help them process their emotions and heal. Start by contacting your child’s primary care physician or pediatrician, who can refer you to a mental health professional. You can also look for mental health professionals on your own by contacting your health insurance company or using online directories.

If your teen is experiencing a mental health crisis, finding immediate help is essential. You can call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or visit your nearest hospital emergency room for assistance.

Beyond Healthcare Offers Mental Health Assessments for Teens

At Beyond Healthcare, we understand how difficult it can be to navigate mental health issues as a parent. Our team of experienced and compassionate professionals is committed to helping teens receive the care they need. We specialize in providing teen mental health assessments, diagnoses, and treatment for adolescents ages 11-17. Contact us at 833.698.0453 today to get started.