FAQ’s About CEDAR Evaluations:
- Is this evaluation a neuropsychological assessment?
- No, the CEDAR evaluation is specifically assessing clinical high risk for psychosis. If you are looking for a neuropsychological assessment, please as your PCP or referring provider for a referral.
- What is a CEDAR evaluation?
- The CEDAR evaluation is an assessment that assesses signs of clinical high risk for psychosis by asking the client questions about any changes in thoughts, behaviors, and how these changes may be impacting your social, academic, or vocational functioning.
- How much does this evaluation cost? What insurance do you take?
- At the CEDAR clinic, we take most insurances. If your insurance company requires a co-pay, you will be billed for the co-pay, otherwise all services are covered.
- Who will I be meeting with?
- You will be meeting with a CEDAR clinician who has been trained on the CEDAR evaluation. We are also a training clinic, so you may also be meeting with trainees from local colleges and resident programs.
- Does having an evaluation automatically mean I can get treatment through CEDAR?
- No, often times, the CEDAR evaluation reveals that the person is struggling with other symptoms that are not aligned with clinical high risk for psychosis, or there is risk for psychosis, but it is a secondary concern that, in our assessment, should not be the primary focus of treatment at this time. When this occurs, CEDAR works hard to identify services that align with your needs.
- Will I see a psychiatrist as part of the evaluation process?
- Typically, no, you do not see a psychiatrist during the CEDAR evaluation. However, there are times when the person is experiencing medical or psychological complications that require us to involve a psychiatrist for further diagnostic clarity.
Information to Know About Registration and Evaluations
- Once you have filled out a referral form, our clinical coordinator will be in touch to schedule a referral screening call. This call typically takes 20-30 minutes, however at times we may require a follow-up call or further information. The information gathered in this call will be reviewed by our clinical team, to determine if a CEDAR evaluation would be appropriate.
- If it is determined that a CEDAR evaluation is appropriate, our clinical coordinator will send you registration paperwork to complete. Once you are registered as a client of the Brookline Center, our clinical coordinator will schedule you for an evaluation. Please note, we cannot schedule you for an evaluation or give you a timeframe for your appointment until your registration is complete.
- If parents/legal guardians are separated or divorced, then both parents/guardians must consent to an evaluation. This means that each parent or guardian will be required to complete a registration packet and provide consent where required throughout the evaluation process, unless there is court documentation indicating that one parent/guardian has sole legal custody.
- CEDAR is currently offering both in-person and telehealth services. While telehealth can make coming to appointments much easier, we strongly encourage you to attend all evaluation appointments in person to receive the full benefit of the evaluation.
- If you choose to attend the evaluation virtually, your evaluation team will send you a zoom link the morning of your appointment.
- Please note that for virtual appointments, all clients under the age of 18 must have a guardian to provide consent for treatment and must be available to speak with the evaluation team should an emergency arise. For clients who are 18 and under, a parent or guardian must be physically present at the start of the session and remain in the same location for the duration of the appointment.
- For all virtual appointments, the client must have a private place to meet with the evaluation team.
- After your first appointment, your evaluation team will confirm whether they need to speak with the client and/or the parent/guardian/family member for a second appointment.
- We request that you sign consent forms for us to speak with your providers. Providers may include the following: primary care physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, psychologists, and nurse practitioners.
Canceling or Rescheduling an Evaluation:
- Due to the limited number of evaluation appointments offered each year, we are not always able to accommodate requests to reschedule. In instances where there is a last-minute illness or emergency, we will do our best to work with you to reschedule your appointment.
- If you cancel your appointment and then later wish to reschedule, we will offer you the next available appointment, however, there may be a wait of a month or more. At that point we may need to gather updated information from you and your providers in order to determine whether a CEDAR evaluation is still appropriate.
- Evaluation appointments that are canceled within 24 hours of the appointment time, or which you do not cancel or attend, will be subject to a ‘late cancel/no show’ fee of $90, per Brookline Center policy.