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Diagnostic & Assessment Services

Timber Ridge School’s Diagnostic & Assessment Services* generates a full evaluation, including a limited family and home review, with detailed recommendations while stabilizing the student in a highly structured setting. The evaluation targets psychological and academic functioning, as well as family and social relationships, medical status, and evaluation by consulting psychiatrist. Concurrently, our highly structured therapeutic setting, with a trauma-informed care approach and behavior support system, helps to stabilize the student’s emotions and behaviors, while teaching accountability and responsibility, and ultimately preparing the student to successfully transition to the next level of care or service that is found to be most appropriate.

The referring agency is provided a thorough understanding of a student and his home environment, to include a comprehensive assessment of family dynamics and treatment recommendations to provide the student the best chance for future success. This service would be appropriate for a male adolescent new to the agency or has been unsuccessful with less intensive services.

* Specific referral can be made to include a family trauma assessment and related interventions. (CSA funded)

Services include:

  • An Individualized Service Plan will be created within 24 hours of admission, to include specific goals & objectives for treatment
  • Full battery of evaluations during the first 90 days, to include: comprehensive family and home assessments, educational assessments, psychological assessments, and a structured setting to help stabilize behaviors
  • Psychiatric medication management services if needed
  • An assessment of family dynamics using multiple assessment instruments
  • Bi-weekly family sessions and case management meetings to address needs
  • A feedback and planning meeting with agency representatives, parents/guardians, case manager and student will be held after 90 days to review evaluation findings and recommendations and create a student-focused plan of action.
  • Weekly home transitional visits, if appropriate, are supported with family counseling during the last 2 to 4 weeks.