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What is a Retention Evaluation?

The retention evaluation refers to a series of questions asked at the beginning of treatment of an individual that obtain information about the major physical, psychological, and social issues of the individual. This approach is called holistic because it posits that separate issues are often related. The course of a physical illness could influence social interaction or psychological function, or a social and familial background might have an impact on a biological or psychological problem. By asking a series of questions that may establish the most important elements in each of these spheres, a better treatment plan may be derived. A number of practitioners use biopsychosocial assessment, including social workers, psychiatrists, doctors of osteopathy, and psychotherapists.

What is on our retention evaluation?

  • Psychiatric History
  • Family History
  • Relationship Status
  • Support Systems
  • Medication History
  • Substance Abuse History
  • Mental Status/General Appearance
  • Suicidal/Homicidal Risk Assessment
  • Discharge/Release Planning

Why use Homestead Medical Experts?

  • Comprehensive Retention Evaluation
  • 36-48 hour turnaround
  • 24/7 Phone or Email Bail Support
  • Network of Social Workers across New Jersey
  • Spanish speaking

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