Mental Status Assessment form

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Note: This is provided for general information only and is not medical or legal advice.

When a person appears to be suffering from a mental disorder or experiencing symptoms, perceived to be a danger to self or other, fails to care for his/her own needs, and is unwilling to obtain help, a Psychiatric Assessment may be necessary. There are options for people who want to get an assessment for someone who is refusing to have one voluntarily.

Encourage the Person to Get an Assessment

  • A person, who is ill in the opinion of others, but not in his or her own judgment, will sometimes agree to see a doctor if requested or encouraged to do so by someone they trust or respect. It is important to consider whether this trusted person should be the spouse or parent. Alternatively, a friend, clergy member, therapist or other individual may be more convincing and comfortable speaking with him/her.
  • Start by identifying a friend or relative who might have enough influence.
  • The friend or relative would probably need to accompany the person to an appointment or to the Hospital Emergency Department.

By Order of a Physician

  • If a person has seen a physician for any reason, that physician may — within 7 days of seeing the person — complete a Form 1 which specifies what symptoms the doctor observed and/or what information was provided by someone else.
  • Once the person is brought to a Schedule 1 Hospital under a Form 1, the person must be assessed within 72 hours and a decision made. The decision will be either that the person MUST be admitted (involuntary status) or SHOULD be admitted (voluntary status), or that the individual does not require admission and therefore will be released from hospital.
  • If neither of the above apply, the alternative is to seek a Justice of the Peace Order

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How do I schedule a mental status evaluation? | Yahoo Answers

John ... start by seeing your regular physician. They will give you a full blood workup checking for things like blood sugar disorders and glandular problems. If they don't find anything, then see a psychiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. There are very good medicines today to treat most mental disorders and well as therapy once the medication(s) take effect. Take care of yourself by eating healthy, doing cardio exercise and getting quality sleep, which are also needed for positive brain chemistry. Chip

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