This is an evidence based behavioral health assessment tool designed for use with youth ages 12-18. These assessment results can help guide treatment planning for adolescents who are beginning or are already in treatment for substance abuse or mental health problems, or who have entered into the juvenile justice system or a youth treatment facility. The Comprehensive Health Assessment for Teens (also known as the CASI) is modeled after the Addiction Severity Index (ASI). This assessment includes sections on psychological health and relationships, social influences and other high risk beliefs/behaviors, substance use, as well as resiliency and motivation.
The comprehensive assessment has four (4) important features lacking in other adolescent assessment instruments:
- Follows a developmental approach that emphasizes the varying needs of young people
- Presents resiliency factors and strengths as well as problem areas to provide a more comprehensive portrait for guiding treatment
- Uses engaging multimedia to facilitate adolescents' self-administration and understanding
- Enhances client-treatment matching that is outcome focused
This standardized assessment tool makes it easier for our providers as well as insurance companies and managed care organizations to measure the efficacy of programs. CHAT, developed and research-tested with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), has been found to be both a reliable and valid assessment tool. The data from the self-administered assessment are extracted and organized in clinical reports designed to assist professionals in making the optimal treatment and placement decisions.
In order for First Step to connect you with the right services, we need you to take an online interview. This interview can be done in the convenience of your own home or any other location that has internet access or you are always welcome to come to our office and utilize our computer lab for assessment services. The online interview will take about 30-45 minutes of your time.
Before you meet with a counselor in person we will gather your insurance/payment information and get you scheduled to be seen usually within 1-3 days. Our staff will then email you a link that will take you to a login screen and ask you for three confidential pieces of information that will give you secure access to the interview. For security purposes, this link will remain active for a period of 7 days from the invite being sent so please make it a priority to log in and complete the interview in a timely fashion. If you do not complete the evaluation before 7 days and the link has already expired; you will need to contact First Step to resend the link. A new link with a new expiration time will then be emailed to you.
Once you have completed the online interview you will meet face to face with one of our licensed professionals who will gather additional information and develop an individualized treatment plan with recommendations to move forward.
You can start the interview by calling our office now at (402) 434-2730.
To protect your privacy, please keep the following things in mind while completing this interview:
- It is advised that you don’t do this in a public place like a library unless you are comfortable
- Make sure the computer you use has up-to-date virus protection
- If you have a wireless internet connection, make sure that it is properly secured
- Use headphones if in an area where others are present to maintain confidentiality and reduce external influences
If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office at (402) 434-2730. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, and please remember you are more than welcome to come to our facility and utilize our computer lab for assessment purposes.
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