Mental Health Assessment

What is an assessment?

At Orange County Behavioral Health, our goal during the no-charge assessment process is for everyone to feel comfortable and informed. A licensed Intake & Referral clinician will ask about current concerns as well as past medical and psychiatric history. If applicable, any drug and/or alcohol abuse will be addressed. An assessment allows us to efficiently and effectively evaluate current symptoms so that we may identify a program and services which best meet the needs. A family member or friend may be present during the assessment process, as this may be helpful for assistance and support. 

This no-charge assessment is not a psychiatric evaluation. Instead, it determines whether a hospital stay or some other type of service would be beneficial. Once the assessment is complete, our Intake & Referral clinician will discuss the recommendation and then make a determination about treatment options.

How do I schedule an assessment?

An Intake and Referral professional can be reached at 949-900-8426. The counselor will take your call, ask a series of questions, and determine if a face-to-face assessment is the appropriate next step. Our goal is to schedule the no-charge assessment as soon as possible, and same-day assessments are available. 

When do I schedule an assessment?

If you are having difficulty at school, work, or home due to mental health or substance abuse issues such as:

  • Suicidal/homicidal thoughts
  • Self-harm behaviors
  • Aggressive/threatening/assaultive behaviors
  • Depression
  • Drug/Alcohol abuse
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Hearing voices/seeing things others can’t hear or see
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety/Panic 

Or any other concerning behaviors, please call 949-900-8426.

How long do assessments take?

The time frame for an assessment varies, depending on the unique situation. In most situations, an assessment should take 30-45 minutes. If it is determined that hospitalization is the best course of treatment, two hours or less for the admission process should be expected.