Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if 360 Mental Health Services is the right place for my child's evaluation?
Choosing the "right" person to evaluate your child, a loved one, or you can be a difficult decision to make. Dr. Tim recognizes the critical lack of guidance in this area and is literally writing a book on this topic. Until this book finds its way to the bookshelves, we at 360 Mental Health Services offer the following for your consideration.
First, there must be mutual agreement about how the evaluation will proceed and for what purpose it will be used. There should also be a "good fit" with the leader of the mental health diagnostic team and the family or individual being evaluated. This is one reason that Dr. Tim offers a complimentary 15-minute introductory meeting to both explain his 360-degree approach to mental health evaluation and to answer any questions you might have.
After this meeting, your family or Dr. Tim may determine that Dr. Tim and his 360 team are not the "best fit" for your family's particular situation. No problem! In this case, there is simply no doctor-patient relationship established and no further duty or obligation from either you or Dr. Tim and/or 360 Mental Health Services.
What is included in the 360-Degree Mental Health Evaluation?
Please click here for a link to the Our Process section. This should do much to answer what is included in the full, 360-degree evaluation.
Dr. Tim and 360 Mental Health Services seem to have a reputation for evaluating children. Does 360 also evaluate adults?
Yes we do! Having said this, the majority of 360 Mental Health's clientele involve families with children because there is such a critically unmet need for evaluations that draw upon Dr. Tim's unique areas of expertise. Since Dr. Tim is board certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry & forensic psychiatry. At the time of this writing there were only 202 physicians holding these three boards in the United States, according to the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Tim is therefore well-suited to perform any number of evaluations, making him highly sought after for case consultation by physicians, attorneys, corporations and families.
Can you elaborate on some of the services offered by independent professionals contracting with 360 Mental Health Services?
You bet we can! We are a full-service, psychiatric diagnostic clinic or we wouldn't consider ourselves to be a 360-degree diagnostic solution. As such, 360 Mental Health Services may contract with any number of professionals qualified in their often highly specialized fields of expertise. Each of these professionals is hand-selected by Dr. Tim as being competent, credentialed and able to effectively communicate her or his findings to Dr. Tim and, as necessary, parents and loved ones directly. Some examples of these professional services include:
- Provision, scoring and interpretation of formal psychological testing, including I.Q. testing
- In-classroom observation and assessment by a qualified mental health professional (with the school's consent)
- Occupational therapy assessment (as indicated; may be entirely independent of 360 Mental Health Services)
My child's teacher thinks she/he may have ADHD. Does 360 Mental Health Services offer any specialized, objective testing to reliably determine whether my child actually has this disorder?
Yes we do! If the answer to this question is important to you, then you should read Dr. Tim's blog ADHD U.S.A. - Is Rise in ADHD Treatment Truly Justified? In addition to the 360-degree evaluation, we offer optional, objective-based testing for ADHD using the Quotient® ADHD testing system. Although no single test is 100% accurate at ruling in or ruling out ADHD as a definitive diagnosis, we are confident that our use of this unique ADHD testing system greatly enhances our ability to accurately diagnosis ADHD.
How much does the 360-Degree Child Mental Health Evaluation cost?
This will depend on a variety of factors, including the complexity of the evaluation, the number of records to be reviewed, and whether we will need to utilize the services of other mental health professionals on a consulting basis. Dr. Tim will be happy to provide you with a good-faith estimate of the cost of you, your child or loved one's unique 360-degree evaluation. Professional time spent above and beyond this estimate will be billed at a specified, hourly rate clearly communicated to you prior to start of the evaluation.
How do I make an appointment to schedule an interview for a possible 360-degree evaluation?
Just call 360 Mental Health Services at 859-948-9471 to briefly discuss the situation or click here to contact Dr. Tim directly. We are generally able to determine over the phone whether scheduling a brief interview with Dr. Tim is right for your or your family's circumstances. As mentioned previously, this interview comes with no obligations.
Does 360 Mental Health Services and/or Dr. Tim provide medication management or psychotherapy?
Yes and yes. If, after completion of the 360-degree mental health evaluation we mutually agree for 360 Mental Health Services to provide medication management and/or psychotherapy for your child, we will be happy to take your child on as a treatment patient. Please note that fees for treatment will vary depending on whether treatment is rendered directly by Dr. Tim or one of his independently licensed associates, such as a a psychiatric nurse practioner, or APRN.
Does Dr. Tim provide psychotherapy?
Yes! There is a common misperception that psychiatrists and psychiatry sub-specialists such as Dr. Tim no longer perform psychotherapy. Dr. Tim and his team at 360 Mental Health Services are fully qualified to provide psychotherapy for adults, children and adolescents. Please click here to read an article in the New York Times on why many psychiatrists are providing less psychotherapy now than in the past (for Dr. Tim's commentary on this article click here).