The Admissions Department is responsible for the initial intake evaluation of clients seeking substance use treatment at FIRST at Blue Ridge, Inc. Clients may be self-referred or referred from various sources in the community, including local hospitals and clinics, the court system, attorneys, homeless shelters, case managers, employee assistance programs, and other substance use professionals. The circumstances involved in a client’s decision to seek treatment can be complex and multi-dimensional, and it is the role of the Admissions Department to facilitate a smooth transition of the client into treatment.
During the initial contact with a client, Admissions staff members focus on the immediate needs of the client and work with the client, the family, FIRST Case Managers, and referral sources to determine the appropriate level of service for each person. Upon admission, an in-depth clinical interview is conducted by a professional substance use counselor who utilizes standardized measurement tools that provide a comprehensive assessment of the client’s substance abuse problem and history. The Admissions Department also can help direct clients who require assistance with various psycho-social, legal or medical issues prior to admission.
The Admissions Department operates Mondays to Fridays from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Appointments are necessary as there is information required prior to admission which helps speed up the process and can help ensure an appropriate placement. The Admissions staff are available to provide information about FIRST at Blue Ridge, the various programs available, and admission procedures at 828-669-0011
* All applications information must be faxed to the Admissions Department FAX at 828-669-0596 or emailed to Lindsay Callaway: firstname.lastname@example.org
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