Timing and Location of Assessment

Preliminary assessment will be required when a young person first presents with a suspected psychosis. The extent of the initial assessment will be influenced by factors such as the urgency of intervention (based on the severity of symptoms and safety issues) and the extent to which the person and family can be engaged. It might be impossible to safely and effectively assess people in an acute psychotic state until they have been adequately contained, perhaps in an emergency department or inpatient setting. In other less acute situations, thorough assessment is more appropriately conducted in the person's home, in a community-based clinic or in some other community location that is acceptable to them. In less urgent situations, this can be carried out over a series of meetings spread over several days or even weeks. Home-based assessments are particularly valuable in early psychosis for a variety of reasons.

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