Frequently Asked Questions about Admissions

Who can get help from the Clinical Assessment Center (CAC)?

The CAC can help you, or someone you care about, when any of the following warnings signs are evident:

  • Marked personality change
  • Inability to cope with daily activities
  • Strange grandiose ideas
  • Excessive anxieties or fears
  • Prolonged depression or apathy
  • Thinking or talking about suicide
  • Extreme high and low mood swings
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Excessive anger, hostility or violent behavior

The CAC can assist in finding the most appropriate help for you.

What can I expect in an assessment?

A counselor will talk with you privately to discuss the difficulties you are experiencing. Your discussion will not involve any type of therapy or treatment. The assessment is simply a means of evaluating your situation.

How can I schedule my free assessment?

To schedule a free assessment, call (202) 885-5610 or toll free (800) 369-2273. Anyone can call to arrange an assessment; a professional referral is not required. Our staff is available to schedule assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If I use the service, do I have to receive treatment?

No. Having an assessment in no way obligates you to any form of treatment. The assessment and referral counselor will use the information you provide to recommend a treatment approach.

To whom will I be referred?

If needed, individuals are referred to some form of counseling, treatment or support group. The CAC staff works closely with other area providers such as a psychiatrist, local mental health agencies and private practice therapists.

The CAC counselor will inquire about your problem and use that information to determine the treatment option that is most appropriate, considering your clinical needs and financial resources.

Will CAC follow-up with my doctor?

If your physician refers you, a CAC counselor, with your permission, will promptly contact your physician with information concerning your assessment.

Where is PIW located?

The Psychiatric Institute of Washington is conveniently located near both Metrorail (Red Line Tenleytown / AU stop) and Metro bus routes.
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