The intake and assessment of patient with addiction problems is a comprehensive and collaborative process between the patient and the NRC clinical team. Each one of the clinical team will meet with the patient and do his/her assessment and by the end of the intake/assessment process the team members will convene to decide the most suitable treatment plan for the patient. The psychiatrist is usually the head of the clinical team.
The intake/assessment process involves the following steps:
- Welcoming the patient (and his/her family) by the patient affairs staff.
- Nursing assessment (by the nurse).
- Full psychiatric assessment (by the psychiatrist) including assessment of the substance use problems and any other comorbid psychiatric problems.
- Medical assessment (by the internist or generalpractitioner) for any acute or chronic medical problems
- Social assessment (by the social worker).