What is an assessment?

Fairfax Behavioral Health provides free on-site assessments; our goal during this process is for you to feel comfortable and informed. During the assessment, a Mental Health Professional (MHP) will ask you about the concerns you are currently having as well as questions about your past medical and psychiatric history. If applicable, any drug and/or alcohol abuse will be addressed as well. Additionally, a medical screening will be provided. An assessment allows us to efficiently and effectively evaluate how you are feeling emotionally and physically so that we may identify a program and services which best meet your needs. Feel free to bring a family member or friend, as this may be helpful for support and to assist in the assessment process.


This assessment is not a psychiatric evaluation. Rather, it is to determine what level of care you need to receive or whether some other type of service is needed. Once the assessment is complete, our Intake, Assessment & Referral staff will discuss the results with you and then make a determination about what services you require.

How do I schedule an assessment?

Simply call 800-435-7221 or 425-821-2000, an Intake professional will take your call, ask a series of questions and listen to determine if a face-to-face assessment is the appropriate next step. Our goal is to meet with you as soon as possible and same day assessments are available in all situations.

When do I schedule an assessment?

If you are having difficulty at school, work or home due to mental health or substance abuse issues such as

  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Depression
  • Drug/Alcohol abuse
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicidal/homicidal thoughts
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsivity

Or any other mood behaviors, NOW is the right time to call 800-435-7221.

How long do assessments take?

The time frame for an assessment varies, depending on your unique situation. In most situations you should expect an assessment to take 30-45 minutes. If it is determined that hospitalization is the best course of treatment, 1 ½-3 hours for the admission process should be expected. This can be impacted by the number of people seeking services, similar to an Emergency Department.