Addiction Assessment, Treatment, and Recovery Information for Healthcare Providers
How to Request an Immediate Assessment for Your Patient
The Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals’ (BHDDH) Physician Consult Program is designed to offer interested physicians immediate assistance with patients who may be at high risk for misuse of opioid medication. Physicians have several options for scheduling a patient assessment by a licensed Chemical Dependency Professional referral form, authorization and disclosure form:
- A patient can be seen within one hour of the physician’s referral while the patient is still at the provider’s office. (A Bridgemark staff member will come to the physician’s office.)
- A patient can be seen within one hour of the physician’s referral at Bridgemark’s office.
- A patient can be seen within three business days of the physician’s referral at Bridgemark’s office.
- A patient can be seen at his/her next office visit with the referring physician.
The results of the patient assessment will be discussed with the referring physician (as soon as possible after assessment and no later than seven business days after the assessment) and with the patient.
Bridgemark is able to provide services to Spanish-speaking individuals and to anyone who is Deaf.
How to Refer Your Patient to Treatment and Recovery
- Discuss the referral with your patient to identify any treatment preferences.
- If the patient has no preference and you are unsure of the level of care needed, use the Bridgemark Physician Consult Program for an assessment, or refer the patient to an outpatient provider for an assessment.
- Review the list of treatment programs. Make a call while your patient is with you to get him or her an appointment at the most convenient and appropriate location.
- Describe your patient's clinical symptoms.
- Hand off the phone to your patient if the provider requests additional details.
- Print the list of treatment programs and check off the treatment program where his or her appointment will be located.
- Refer the patient to a recovery center now, so that he or she can begin receiving additional support, which will continue throughout treatment and beyond. Click here for a listing of recovery options.
- Print out the recovery options listing for the patient, circling the recovery options you have recommended.
- Write the patient a prescription for Naloxone (Narcan ®).