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Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment Service

Has your mental health journey led you to a crisis? Have your symptoms become especially challenging over time? Then Menninger’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment Service (CPAS) might be the right treatment program for you.

Who We Help

CPAS helps adults who:
  • Have not responded to previous treatment, including medication
  • Need stabilization for a psychiatric crisis
  • Need a comprehensive assessment or second opinion with the support offered by an inpatient setting
Menninger has been helping patients with complex or severe mental illness since 1925. Our treatment outcomes and our appearance on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals List for psychiatry since 1991 attests to our success in helping patients overcome mental illness.

What We Treat

CPAS patients struggle with a variety of issues, including:
  • Severe depression
  • Cognitive issues like dementia
  • Thought disorders like schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction or substance use
  • Dual diagnoses (psychiatric illness combined with addiction)
  • Mania
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychiatric issues combined with medical and/or neurological disorders
  • Psychiatric disorders caused by medical conditions
  • Personality disorders

What CPAS Offers

CPAS offers stabilization, detox and assessment.
Sometimes symptoms get out of control. That’s when you need stabilization at an inpatient treatment center like Menninger.
CPAS is an alternative to the typical acute hospitalization. When you come to CPAS for stabilization, you’ll stay with us until you and your doctor decide that you’re stable and ready for the next step in treatment, not just a few days. While you’re here, the CPAS team will:
  • Stabilize your acute symptoms
  • Make a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment so that you can leave with a definitive diagnosis
  • Complete gene and biomarker testing as needed
  • Manage medical detoxification, if needed
  • Review your current medications and make recommendations for changes, if needed
  • Offer therapeutic groups to prepare you for the next stage in your treatment journey
  • Offer psychoeducation groups
  • Create a personalized discharge plan with treatment recommendations
If your symptoms prevent you from taking advantage of all that our stabilization track offers right after admitting to CPAS, that’s OK. We know it can take a few days to rest, acclimate to a new routine and even feel the effects of a change in medications, if that’s needed. It’s all part of your unique journey, and we respect that. Once you feel well enough, we’ll help you further engage in treatment.
Want to know what a typical week at CPAS is like? Here’s a sample program schedule.


If you need to detox from alcohol, opiates or other drugs and substances, you can do that right here on CPAS via our Detox Service, unless you need intravenous hydration. 
After stabilization, you can elect to have a full assessment on CPAS; continue treatment in another Menninger inpatient program or pursue other treatment options like our Bridge Program for Adults or our Recovery Intensive Outpatient Program.


Are you looking for a second opinion about a diagnosis while in a supportive, secure environment? Are you wondering why your symptoms continue despite repeated attempts at treatment? Do you have difficulties with brain functioning or with managing your behavior?
An inpatient assessment may be what you need to get answers to these and similar questions.
CPAS offers customized, intensive and therapeutic diagnostic evaluations. An assessment can help clarify your underlying issues and determine what the most effective treatment would be. The assessment’s findings can then help your future clinicians create an effective, personalized treatment plan, which starts during your assessment, to get you back on track as efficiently and effectively as possible.
The assessment may include:
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Genetic testing, as indicated
  • Neuropsychological screening, as indicated
  • MRI and other imaging tests
  • Psychological testing
  • Psychosocial evaluation
  • Family system evaluation
  • Additional tests, such as PET scans and sleep studies
  • Routine laboratory tests and specialized tests, if indicated
  • Urine toxicology screens
  • Specialty consultation, as indicated
To compile your summary and recommendations for treatment, the team conducts a thorough review of:
  • Records of referring and previous clinicians
  • Tests performed at Menninger
  • Medical and treatment history
  • Input from nurses, social workers and psychologists

Diagnostic Conference

After a thorough review of your assessment and test results, as well as reports from family and referring clinicians, the team meets with you and your family in person or by phone to share their findings and recommendations. The process results in:
  • A thorough understanding of your diagnoses and the factors that contribute to complex or recurring problems
  • Establishing common goals for future treatment
  • A plan for continued treatment
  • Support, learning and renewed hope
You’ll receive a summary of your stay after discharge and, if you give us the OK in writing, your referring professional will get a copy, too. If the team recommends continued hospitalization, you’ll be referred to an appropriate treatment setting that meets your specific needs.
If you transfer to another inpatient program at Menninger for continued treatment, your new team will use the information garnered from CPAS assessments and observations to inform the development of your treatment plan.

Admitting to CPAS

Call us today at 713-275-5400 and let us help you get stabilized and/or assessed. Same-day admission is possible.
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