What is an Assessment?

Assessment is a evaluation to determine the level of care and /or placement if needed.

Who administers an assessment?

Intake specialist hired by the facility.

Does everyone need an assessment?

Yes, everyone seeking treatment needs an assessment.

No insurance, for county funded must have face to face assessment.

When is an assessment required?

For all treatment – detox, drug rehab, mental health, IOP, counseling

What does the assessment really do for the patient?

Determines the level of care and placement in treatment. Detox. Medical Treatment

What does the assessment do for the facility?

Gives the facility information on the level of care needed. Bed placement. Detox. Medical treatment. Seizures.

If you receive and assessment does it mean the patient is accepted into a program?

No. an assessment just determines if you need treatment

What is county insurance and state insurance? What is the difference? Who is eligible?

County funding. Is funding through the county for those who have no insurance. The assessment must be face to face. There are limited locations and times they are given. Only after a face-face assessment will the determination be made for placement into treatment into a county funded facility for detox. Treatment can be longer with the state picking up the cost. The State insurance process starts soon after placement.

State insurance in Medicaid. Assessment for state insurance can be done over the phone. A bed will be search for and placement with complete intake taking place at the facility. Many facilities take state insurance.

What if you have private insurance?

Most rehabs take private insurance. On the back of most insurance cards there is a number for drug and alcohol treatment. They can direct you to rehabs that are covered by the insurance carrier. Assessments are done over the phone initially and completed during intake into the rehab.


The Recovery Process

What happens to an Individual when they are accepted into treatment?

It depends on their needs that are outlined by the assessment

  • • Intake/assessment
  • • Complete search
  • • Urinalysis
  • • Detox, if needed

What types of treatment is available to an Upper Darby resident?

All treatment is available for all county residents , and Upper Darby residents. Same availability.

What are scholarships people talk about in treatment and recovery?

Scholarship and sponsorships are privately funded activities and have to be applied for. Most funds are not available until rehab is completed and recovery is continuing.

Some private rehabs have sponsorship into their facility. Mirmont and Malvern are examples.

Scenario – Someone calls and they have NO INSURANCE

1. They need a face to face assessment to receive county funding.

2. Remember the Assessment is an evaluation by an intake specialist to determine the level of care/treatment needed.

3. The county has identified/approved three (3) locations for face to face assessments for county funding.

They are: (as of November 7, 2018)

CHESTER CROZER Community Hospital 2600 W 9TH STREET, CHESTER, PA (610),497-7223 7:00 a.m.-noon – 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. afternoon/evening assessments. First come First serve. Soon to be 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

KEYSTONE CENTER 2001 PROVIDENCE AVE, CHESTER, PA (610),876-9000 Advertised as 24 hour assessments but latest is 11 p.m.

MERAKEY 800 CHESTER PIKE, SHARON HILL, PA (610),534-3636 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Soon to be 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

4. If a bed is available at the facility, they will be admitted immediately, with the assessment happening in the am.

5. If a bed is not available at the facility, the assessment will be done to approved county funding and then we will proceed to make calls for placement.

6. Emergency detox is county funded treatment. If a bed is available they are admitted with 5 days detox immediately and it is for the following, high priorities: Heroin user, IV uses, and those that have overdosed.