Behavioral Health Program
ASSESSMENT AND REFERRAL SERVICES (ARS)
Assessment and Referral Service standards are geared toward organizations providing a separate assessment service, independent from other behavioral health services that it may be providing. Assessment services gather information from or about service recipients of varying ages and populations who are requesting services or currently receiving services. The goal is to assess the service recipient’s strengths, natural supports, risks and needs for treatment and services. Assessments are comprehensive and include evaluations of physical health, mental health, substance abuse, intellectual/developmental disabilities, vocational, and/or educational functioning, and areas of co-morbidity. Referrals are made to appropriate service providers based on the findings of the assessment and established placement or level of care criteria.