In Crisis? Suicidal?

If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide or is in emotional distress, please call:


We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A caring, trained clinician is waiting to take your call.

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Screening and Assessment

We want to connect you with the exact services you need.

Therefore, as part of any request for services, West Michigan CMH clinicians will perform an initial screening. From there, we’ll provide a full assessment of your current circumstances. This will help us create a thorough understanding of your specific needs.

What happens during a screening and assessment?

West Michigan CMH uses evidence-based practices as part of our assessment process. We often rely on standardized interview questions or questionnaires too. This helps us understand your unique experiences and needs.

Depending on your age and the nature of the problem that brings you to us for service, the most appropriate practice will be selected.

Your screening may include:

  • Talking with a clinician to learn about the current experiences you’re having that are causing you to seek care.
  • Answering some questions from your clinician about a variety of areas in your life. These questions are designed to help us learn more about you. From there, we can identify critical areas of your life that will be part of your recovery process. Questions may be on topics such as your:
    • Family
    • Housing
    • Employment
    • Relationships and friendships
    • School
    • Your childhood development
    • Past trauma
    • Substance use

Assessment may also include:

  • A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation
  • Psychological testing
  • Substance abuse screening or other assessments conducted to determine a person’s level of functioning and mental health treatment needs

Physical health assessments are not part of West Michigan CMH services.