What is the difference, if any between the Assessment and Multi-Dimensional Assessment with the Decision Support Tool?


The (MDA) multi-Dimensional Assessment and (DS) Decision Support along with the Assessment gives the clinician a fuller view of their client’s behavioral needs along with a recommendation for a level of care. These reports help clinicians develop their Treatment Plans. They show those areas the client would need the most help.


The ASI covers the core life areas of a client.  This provides the clinician with the perspective of which areas of the client’s life may be most impacted by substance use or mental health problem.  The narrative and scoring guide the clinician towards a comprehensive treatment plan.


This assessment is focused on the risk levels of substance use of an individual client.  The dimensions are designed to look at current impacts of substance use, current readiness for treatment, and recovery environments when the client is ready to return to their living environment. The risk levels for each dimension provide a guide on which level of care might be most appropriate for that individual.


The decision support module incorporates ASAM or other placement models to provide recommendations for level of care placement based on a pre-determined set of criteria and rules.  An agency can setup required, exclusionary and conditional criteria that will produce a recommendation.  The system will also track any reasons for clinician override for placement to assist in keeping data on reasons for placement other than those recommended.

 The combination of these 3 tools can provide a comprehensive assessment and contribute to a holistic treatment plan.

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