Clarity, from diagnosis to treatment- mental health assessment.

Assessment is your first step.

Struggles with mental health and addiction issues are complex, and a clarifying diagnosis is essential. Lindner Center of HOPE offers several mental health assessment programs for Adults, Children and Adolescents to assist you in planning your next steps and ultimately achieving wellness.

Who should you call for a mental health assessment?

Your next steps will depend on the nature of the problem and/or symptoms. Please see our range of mental health assessment options below and make the call to start receiving the care you need.

For acute/emergent symptoms, call 513-536-HOPE

  • An initial phone assessment with our Access and Referral Center/Intake will help us determine the level of care you need.
  • If inpatient screening criteria is met, the next step is an in-person mental health assessment.
  • The in-person assessment will result in either inpatient admission or a referral to a lower level of care.

For Outpatient services, call 513-536-0570

  • An initial phone screening starts the process to set up a Psychological Assessment or to immediately schedule your first appointment with a provider.
  • For new patients, a scheduler works with you to match you with the provider that is the best fit.

Find out more information on what psychological assessment is here and why it is a critical step of the process.

Not quite ready to make the first phone call?

Mental Health Assessment For Residential Services

Call 513-536-0537

  • The first step is to connect with an admissions team member to discuss your current circumstances and goals/expectations.
  • This call will help us determine the best fit for you within our residential continuum, working with you to set an admission date and initial length of stay.
  • Financials are also discussed in the initial phases.

Unsure if this is the care you need?

Rapid Access

Call 513-536-0570

  • If you’re feeling the strain of mental health symptoms and wish to move quickly but are running into long wait times for an outpatient appointment, our Rapid Access Service can help you receive care within days of your call.
  • On your initial call, you’re able to schedule timely assessment appointments with the program’s psychiatrist and social worker.
  • These mental health assessments lead to next-step recommendations and assistance in coordinating admissions or next appointments.

Genetic Testing

  • With a simple swab test, Genesight® genetic testing offers the potential to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of certain medications on an individual.
  • It assists your physicians in prescribing medications, alerting them to potential reactions and side effects based on your genetic makeup.
  • In most cases, a prescriber would recommend this to a patient, but patients may also request this.

When should you call?

It’s not always clear when to reach out for help with a mental health issue. The following are signs that you or a loved one may want to speak to a medical or mental health professional.


  • Confused thinking
  • Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)
  • Feelings of extreme highs and lows
  • Excessive fears, worries and anxieties
  • Social withdrawal
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Strong feelings of anger
  • Delusions or hallucinations
  • Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Denial of obvious problems
  • Numerous unexplained physical ailments
  • Substance abuse

Adolescents & Young Adults

  • Substance abuse
  • Inability to cope with problems and daily activities
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
  • Excessive complaints of physical ailments
  • Defiance of authority, truancy, theft, and/or vandalism
  • Intense fear of weight gain
  • Prolonged negative mood, often accompanied by poor appetite or thoughts of death
  • Frequent outbursts of anger

Younger Children & Pre-Adolescents

  • Changes in school performance
  • Poor grades despite strong efforts
  • Excessive worry or anxiety (i.e. Refusing to go to bed or school)
  • Hyperactivity
  • Persistent nightmares
  • Persistent disobedience or aggression

What to Expect from a Mental Health Assessment

It’s normal to feel anxious when deciding to make the first call. It’s also helpful to know what to expect from an assessment program and to understand the hope it can bring. We’ve detailed a range of Lindner Center of HOPE programs below.

Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessments (Residential)

For some patients, typical acute inpatient and outpatient treatment options may not be able to get to the root of the issues. Whether the individual is stabilized after their first behavioral crisis or has struggled with long-standing mental illness, an accurate diagnosis is essential to establishing an effective treatment plan. In addition, a solid foundation in clinical skill development is also crucial to being able to build a realistic future focus and better life.

Sibcy House

At Lindner Center of HOPE, our Sibcy House program for adults age 18 and older offers specialized assessment and short-term intensive treatment in an enhanced therapeutic residential environment for individuals struggling with:

  • Mental health
  • Addiction
  • Complex, co-morbid issues

The Sibcy House 10-day comprehensive diagnostic is comprised of a multi-disciplinary assessment process combined with essential clinical observation.

  • The goal is to bring clarity to complex issues.
  • Symptom reduction strategies are also implemented during this time.
  • Those staying beyond the diagnostic component will benefit from intensive treatment and skills building with Dialectical Behavior Therapy underpinnings and enhanced by other evidence-based treatment models.
  • Diagnostic-specific assessments and treatment approaches are integrated to address sub-specialty diagnoses such as substance abuse and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Williams House

The first 10 days of the patient’s stay will focus on evaluating and stabilizing any presenting issues. Williams House offers exceptional residential assessment programs for mental health and addictions set in a serene therapeutic environment. Staffed by experienced, expert and compassionate treatment teams, we go beyond other programs with in-depth assessment to prepare patients for their next level of care. As the initial stay comes to a close, the patient and those involved in their care will receive an Evaluation Briefing session with the experienced treatment team.

10-Day Residential Detox and Evaluation

This unique Williams House residential program is a foundation for wellness following detox from alcohol and drugs. It’s a trustworthy compass in the confusing world of addictions. Here patients 18 and older suffering from a primary substance-use disorder receive medical support for detoxifying, as well as individualized evaluation, stabilization and guidance along the road to recovery.

Key evaluation components include:

  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • SCID:  Structured Clinical Interview
  • Assessment for addictions
  • Psychosocial assessment
  • Nursing assessment
  • History and physical assessment
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Spiritual assessment upon request
  • Clinical observation
  • Recreation therapy assessment

For more details, call 513-536-0537 or 1-888-537-4229, or click here.

Psychological Assessment Center at Lindner Center of HOPE (Outpatient)

A clear diagnosis gives our team of experts the answers they need to give you the answers you need. For some patients, an outpatient assessment is that crucial first step towards an effective treatment plan. The state-of-the-science Psychological Assessment Center at Lindner Center of HOPE consists of a multidisciplinary care team with specialists in neuropsychological, psychoeducational, and psychodiagnostic evaluation. These evaluations combine with other multidisciplinary assessments to drive precise recommendations for optimal treatment.

Psychological Assessment Services

Differential Diagnostic Testing

Many mental health disorders cause similar symptoms and Differential Diagnostic Testing involves a range of assessments to rule out certain conditions, arrive at an accurate diagnosis, and inform targeted therapies and treatments.

Learning Disability and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Education assessments are critical for identifying learning disabilities and ADHD in students with emerging cognitive and academic struggles. At Lindner Center of HOPE, leading neuropsychologists and psychologists specialize in evaluating cognitive disorders among pediatric, college-age and adult populations, leading to customized recommendations for educational, vocational, and intervention planning.

Traumatic Brain Injury & Rehabilitation

Chronic cognitive and behavioral changes following traumatic brain injury pose numerous difficulties for patients and their families. Lindner Center of HOPE facilitates rehabilitation with neuropsychological evaluations for cognitive, behavioral and emotional changes as well as functional improvements over the course of recovery.

Sports-Related Head Injury
Concussions and other sports-related brain injuries place some athletes at high risk for further injury and lasting cognitive impairment. We offer evaluations that include recommended baseline cognitive functioning tests, monitor a player post-injury, and assist in making sometimes difficult return-to-play decisions.

Neurocognitive Disorders & Aging

Changes in cognitive abilities become a prominent concern with age, and early and accurate diagnosis of neurocognitive disorders is increasingly important. Comprehensive neuropsychological assessments help detect cognitive impairment and memory decline associated with normal aging as well as Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias and stroke. These evaluations also inform treatment strategies that can enhance quality of life.

Autism Testing for Children

While there is no cure for autism spectrum disorder, early and accurate diagnosis and early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children. Elisha Eveleigh Clipson, PhD, Child psychologist, specializes in testing related to developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  • Autism evaluations for children ages two and older.
  • Autism testing for older children and teens.
  • Developmental testing to determine whether symptoms might be consistent with ASD or another developmental concern such as ADHD or a mental health concern such as anxiety.

For more information about The Psychological Assessment Center, call 513-536-4673.