Clients in need of short-term residential assessment services are placed in one of our dormitories, based on careful consideration of presenting needs and the current client population. Residential assessments generally range from 30 days to 45 days, service details of which are agreed upon between the funder, family, client and Harmony Hill prior to placement. Qualified or specialist clinical staff work with the client, his family and community participants, while milieu and education staff engage the child or adolescent in all treatment components of the larger residential.

General Assessments

Child Diagnostic Evaluation

Comprehensive evaluation generally performed by a Social Worker, Psychologist and Psychiatrist; Includes information from former treatment providers if any, interviews with most recent caretakers, client interviews, testing results and clinical treatment recommendations.

General Assessment

Licensed clinician assessment includes: reason for referral, presenting problem, history of maltreatment, medical history and current status, developmental history and current status, family/child relationships, alcohol/drug history, occupational history, brief mental status, current status and treatment recommendations.

Psychological Testing

Can include standardized testing for neuropsychological capacity (screening of visual-motor and memory functioning), cognitive battery, and personality assessment. If child is suspected of having developmentally delays, functional assessments and specialty screenings or assessments can be provided.

Psychiatric Evaluation

Includes mental status, screening of medical issues possibly influencing mental health, diagnosis, medication recommendation and general treatment recommendations.

Specialized Assessment

Psychosexual / Sexual Victimization / Sexually Abusive Assessment

Licensed, recognized Specialist Clinician assessment can include based on appropriateness to the circumstances:

Abel Assessment for Sexual Interest–2™ (AASI-2); Child Sexual Behavior Inventory (CSBI); Socio-Sexual Knowledge and Attitudes Test (SSKAAT-R); one or more Trauma Screenings (drawn from the following: UCLA PTSD Screen, Clinician Administered PTSD Scale for Children & Adolescents/ CAPS-CA, Recent Exposure to Violence Scale/REVS, Childhood Dissociative Checklist/CDC III, Adolescent Dissociative Experiences Scale/ADES II).

If a teenage referral is judged to have significant issues with sexual aggression, a Juvenile Sexual Assessment Protocol (J-SOAP) may be done. Regarding sexual victimization issues, a systematic clinical interview will be done.

In all cases, if a thorough “Psycho-social History” by a clinician is not already in the youth’s record, this will be completed.  A report written will summarize the findings from the screenings and interviews noted above.