Mental Health Assessments

Jonathan Ugalde utilizes his background in summer camp and mental health programming to assist agencies, summer camps, and other programs with clinical assessments, and developing effective, experiential, creative, and goal-specific programming to assist clients in developing their abilities and skills. Jon is willing to work on a contract basis to complete clinical assessments for outpatient clinics but also for community mental health agencies.

Interested? Schedule an appointment with Jon to talk about your assessment needs.

Jonathan Ugalde provides clinical assessment services through programs and businesses such as:

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What Is The Purpose Of A Mental Health Assessment?

“Everyone goes through tough times.” We struggle with stresses of our daily lives such as work, paying bills, taking care of things around our homes, and more. However, sometimes we our feelings and emotions are too much to handle resulting in depressed mood, anxiety, anger outbursts, bizarre behaviors, feeling numb, or taking increasingly high risks. Any professional will tell you that “if symptoms like these start to get in the way of your life, or that of a loved one, it’s important to take action. Research shows that getting help early can prevent symptoms from getting worse and make a full recovery more likely.”

The first step is to get a mental health assessment. Mental health (or BioPsychoSocial) assessments are used by counseling agencies, managed care companies, and other mental health professionals to get a comprehensive history of an individual’s medical, family, social, and behavioral information to determine eligibility for services such as Medicaid based community services (i.e. – Intensive In Home, Therapeutic Day Treatment, Crisis Stabilization) or to provide appropriate diagnostic information for treatment planning in mental health programs (i.e. – residential or wilderness therapy organizations).

What To Expect As Part Of A Mental Health Assessment

Mental health assessments can vary in how they are conducted and the depth in which the assessor goes in searching for symptoms, causes, and needs of the individual. Overall, a comprehensive mental health assessment will include:

-Discussion of the symptoms bringing you into the assessor’s office or the assessor to your home

-Questions and exploration of the events leading up to the current symptom severity including what treatments were attempted previously, any hospitalizations, and the effectiveness of these previous treatments

-Discussion of Medical and Mental Health histories in terms of any diagnosis history for physical and mental health disorders, hospitalizations, and ratings around the severity of symptoms and the length of time they have been occurring

-Exploration of whether family members have had a history of mental health or medical diagnoses that may be genetically passed down, quality of family relationships, and how the family works to support each other

-Evaluation of the stressors that the individual is experiencing in terms of work, relationships, identity, emotions, life transitions, etc.

-Referral to appropriate providers and resources that the individual and family will be able to benefit from utilizing. This may include be admitted into the program the assessor works for or providers and resources beyond that agency.

How Jon Approaches Mental Health Assessments

A mental health assessment done by Jon typically lasts between an hour and an hour and half exploring topics including the individual’s treatment history, previous medical and mental health diagnoses, family history, social history, and more. After all of this information has been compiled a diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5th Edition (DSM-5) is applied (as appropriate) to inform treatment methods and planning.

Jon works with the individual and their family members (as necessary) to determine the best providers and resources that they can benefit from. Jon will provide recommendations and referrals to psychologists, psychiatrists, outpatient therapists, community programs (4-H, Boy Scouts, etc.), and any other potentially beneficial resources as part of his discussion with clients and their families to allow connection to the best wrap around services for the most effective treatment.

If you are interested in contacting Jonathan Ugalde about mental health assessment services or trainings, please email, call (804) 476-8210, or fill out the contact form below.