Mental Health Screening (formerly Needs Assessment)
Each person experiences mental health and wellness in different ways and we want to offer you the individual care you truly need. PrairieCare’s trained Intake Advisors offer no cost Mental Health Screenings over the phone to anyone seeking mental health services. The brief screening helps to determine the needs of individuals. No need to schedule, just call 952-826-8475 between 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. If you are reaching out outside of these hours we can still talk with you about next steps and accessing services.
Screenings are not full psychiatric evaluations, but are used to determine appropriate next steps to address an individual’s needs. This may include, but is not limited to: outpatient clinic services, intensive outpatient programs, partial hospital, inpatient hospital, residential treatment, or substance abuse treatment.
When appropriate for a clinic service at PrairieCare, our staff schedulers will help you find an appointment at one of our sites around the metro area. If the completed Mental Health Screening indicates a potential need for a level of mental health care higher than outpatient clinic services, our staff will schedule an Admissions Diagnostic Assessment, billed to insurance. Results of this evaluation will determine the recommended level of treatment care and provide guidance for next steps. In certain circumstances, PrairieCare’s Admissions Therapist and consulting psychiatrist may recommend starting treatment quickly or may refer to an Emergency Department for immediate attention, depending on severity of symptoms and availability of program resources.
Please note, some special conditions may be best treated in a program or with an agency other than PrairieCare. We collaborate with other community providers to make sure that patients are connected with the best specialists for their needs. We look forward to talking with you!
ATTENTION CLINICIANS/REFERRING TREATMENT PROVIDERS:
Please see the enclosed PDF on Direct Admissions for programs for information on referring potential patients.