PREPARING FOR YOUR FIRST VISIT
A person may enter our programs as a self-referral or as a referral from a physician, the courts, family members, or other agencies. People seeking help will be admitted to treatment based upon their individualized need(s), which is determined by a screening or assessment. Below are some of the first steps you will take on your path to recovery.
Prior to the Appointment
Appointments are scheduled with a licensed clinician and are approximately 45-50 minutes in length. Prior to your appointment, you will be sent a link via email, so you can set up your account in our Patient Portal. There you will complete the following forms: Demographic information form, Patient Confidentiality and HIPPA forms, Pre-Assessment form, Depression and Suicide Assessment.
Because health services are confidential, your authorization for us to share medical records with, and to request medical records from, your past and current providers will be requested.
Intake is an interview that usually happens during the first appointment. It is a full assessment of symptoms, medical treatment history, living situation, social supports and financial resources. This information will be gathered and put in your electronic health record, and used to help determine the right course of treatment. If you would like, a family member may attend part, or all, of the intake meeting. This decision rests with the person receiving treatment. Family members can often be the ONLY source of critical details needed to make an effective treatment plan.
Individual Plan of Care (IPOC)/ Transition Plan
The clinician and client work together to develop an individual plan of care; allowing for customization. Information gathered during the assessment is utilized to help develop the plan of care. The plan outlines the program/treatment objectives, the recommended therapeutic services, and other activities. The plan also contains client's responsibilities, program's responsibilities, identification of the person responsible for service, and how progress will be measured. You will also begin completing a Transition Plan that will address your care during and after services.
Continuum of Care/Length of Services
Utopia Health Center offers prevention, intervention and outpatient services to all ages. As a part of your individual plan of care, you will be given the day and time to start your services. If you enter treatment, it is not an easy process. You may experience times of sadness, anxiety and/or loneliness, but you’ll also find moments of joy, laughter and hope as you move through the process. It’s likely you’ll make new and meaningful friendships amongst your peers and forge new, honest connections with those who are currently in your life.
Good outcomes are contingent on adequate lengths of service. Although most programs have a minimum length of participation, the length of time you attend a program is individualized and based on your progress.