Counseling Services
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Mental Status/Psychiatric Assessment

Brief description  Performed to establish a diagnosis and formulation of an individual’s problems and to plan their care and treatment.


Full description  A structured way of describing a patient’s current state of mind under the domains of appearance, attitude, behavior, speech, mood and affect, thought process, thought content, perception, cognition, insight, and judgement.  The purpose is to obtain a comprehensive cross-sectional description of the patient’s mental state.  Data are collected through a combination of direct and indirect means such as;


  • unstructured observation while obtaining biographical and social information
  • focused questions about current symptoms
  • formalized psychological tests


Cultural differences between the examiner and patient must be taken into consideration, as different cultural backgrounds may be associated with different norms of interpersonal behavior and emotional expression.

Prescription Fulfillment (or writing)

Brief description   An instruction written by a medical practitioner that authorizes a patient to be provided a medicine or treatment.


Full description A health care program implemented by a physician or other qualified health care practitioner in the form of instructions that govern the plan of care for an individual patient.  It is important to note that we prescribe medicines.  We do not dispense them.

Prescription Monitoring

Brief description This is a tool used by states to address prescription drug abuse, addiction, and diversion.


Full descriptionThe state has an electronic database which collects designated data on substances dispensed in the state.  The data are distributed from the database to individuals who are authorized under state law to receive the information for purposes of their profession.  This information is useful in supporting access to legitimate use of controlled substances, identifying and deterring or preventing drug abuse and diversion, and facilitating and encouraging the identification, intervention with and treatment of persons addicted to prescription drugs.