Mental Health Diagnostic Assessments
The First Step Toward a Brighter Future
A mental health diagnostic assessment is the first step in developing a treatment plan for a person who may be suffering from mental health issues. An accurate diagnosis can give people hope for a brighter future. Deena McMahon, LICSW, MSW, has more than 30 years of experience providing mental health assessments for children, teens and adults. Her assessments begin with a comprehensive review of the person’s early childhood experience, relevant history, presenting problems, mental health symptoms, social and behavioral challenges, medications and relationship history. After analyzing the information, Ms. McMahon provides a mental health diagnosis and recommendations for treatment or services. Mental health services, including diagnostic assessments, are typically covered by insurance.
Fast Turn-Around Times on Mental Health Assessments
A variety of people seek out Ms. McMahon’s services. Individuals refer themselves for an assessment. Social workers, guardians and parents refer their children. Lawyers refer their clients, often for second opinions. Because she is an independent practitioner who does not need to work through internal bureaucracies, Ms. McMahon can quickly provide a thorough assessment. Clients are often amazed at how fast she can turn an assessment around.
Ms. McMahon is called on to provide a mental health diagnosis in a variety of circumstances. Sample scenarios include:
- A child is having social and emotional problems at school. The parents are seeking an IEP or 504 plan and are denied.
- A child has been in the foster care system and the custodial agency wants an accurate picture of the child’s functional capacity and mental health for purposes of placement and mental health services.
- An adult is suspected of child maltreatment and claims to have mental health symptoms that impair his decision making.
To arrange for a mental health assessment for yourself, a family member or a client, please contact McMahon Counseling and Consultation Services by email or call (651) 210-0335.
A confirmed and accurate diagnosis can provide a tremendous amount of relief for individuals and their families. Without an accurate diagnosis, people are often blamed, dismissed or held accountable for challenges that are really outside of their control.Deena McMahon