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What are the challenges frequently assessed at the Lawlis Peavey PNP Center?

ADD/ADHD, learning difficulties, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, memory and attentional concerns, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), spectrum disorders, and other neurological concerns such as brain injury, stroke, etc. 

What can I expect from an evaluation by the Lawlis Peavey PNP Center?

The Lawlis Peavey PNP Center offers an individualized, comprehensive 2 day assessment, resulting in a Final Report and Game Plan (treatment direction). Our assessment is a process whereby an individual and his/her family is evaluated by several health care professionals over two days covering areas pertaining to brain function, including psychological, neurological, cognitive, medical, and psychophysiological. During the assessment the individual moves from room to room seeing specialized and highly qualified health care staff for varied assessments. Relevant family members are also interviewed. Findings are discussed among the health care professionals during the days of assessment and then with you during a Wrap-Up session at the end of the second day. 

How long does the Initial Assessment at the PNP Center take?

The initial assessment process is two days, either Monday-Tuesday or Wednesday-Thursday

What are your hours of operation?

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (CST)

Friday: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM 

What happens following my 2-day assessment at the PNP Center?

At the end of the 2-day assessment the individual and his/her family will sit down with (typically) Dr. Lawlis and/or Dr. Peavey and are given a Self Work/Homework assignment sheet with recommendations to be completed at home. This may include gathering additional laboratory testing information, completing a 2-week feedback diary for the PNP staff, implementing and practicing skills taught/reviewed while at the PNP Center. The individual / family is assigned a "Point Person" who is a professional PNP Staff member available to answers questions and maintain contact through the PNP process. While the individual and his/her family are taking these firsts steps in the treatment plan, the PNP staff compiles the results of the individual testing. Once all the information is gathered from the test kits and individual report findings a Team Meeting is held to integrate the results. 

What is a Team Meeting?

Bringing together the psychological and medical staff to review the patient’s individual testing results provides a unique and caring approach to the PNP assessment process. Results are discussed and formulated into treatment recommendations and a comprehensive Final Report and Game Plan. 

What is the Final Report and Game Plan?

Each area of the 2-day evaluation is compiled into a Final Report. The Game Plan is the integration of the testing results formulated into a step-by-step treatment approach emphasizing the individual’s/family's strengths and giving recommendations for skill development and management of challenges. 

How long before I/we get our Final Report & Game Plan?

Since the Final Report and Game Plan (FR&GP) is the culmination of the complete and comprehensive assessment process, it can take up to 14 weeks (sometimes longer) for this integrated report to be completed. 

Why does it take so long to get the Final Report & Game Plan?

It may seem like a long time for the 40-60-page written report to arrive, but at each step of the way - from the time the individual enters the 2-day assessment until the Final Report & Game Plan are received - the individual is accomplishing therapeutic steps toward his/her ultimate goal. Continuity of care is important to maintain. For instance, at the end of the two days at the PNP Center the individual is given medical lab kits to complete at home. Lab results are then forwarded directly to the PNP Center. Each individual is given several therapeutic assignments while they are at the PNP Center, and is assigned a professional staff member to follow up with them after they leave the PNP Center. This "Point Person" is available via phone and email to answer questions, help locate resources, and ensure the individual has continuity and guidance after leaving the 2-day assessment. 

After I have my Final Report and Game Plan, then what?

After the individual and/or family review the Final Report and Game Plan, a Teleconference is arranged. This 45-minute call is designed to monitor progress, answer questions regarding the report, and assure future direction. 

Is the Teleconference the last time I will have contact with the PNP Center?

No. The PNP Center will follow you through the treatment process, which may take several months. This is the Continuity of Care portion of the PNP program that offers assurance of ongoing professional direction and guidance. Help in finding qualified services and managing concerns about the individual’s care will be provided. This is an invaluable service giving assurance that results will be obtained and the family is not alone in treatment process. 

What is the cost of the PNP Comprehensive Assessment?


Does insurance pay for the services?

Most insurance companies will pay for at least part of the itemized services and assessments. However, each insurance policy differs and coverage varies. No guarantee of insurance reimbursement can be made by the PNP Center. Procedural and diagnoses codes will be supplied in an itemized statement to individuals who want to file their own insurance forms. 

What is the PNP Center's connection with the Dr. Phil Show?

While the PNP Center is not directly connected to the Dr. Phil Show, we share an association. First, Dr. Lawlis is Chief Psychological Director for the show. Second, several of the guests seen on the Dr. Phil Show are initially evaluated and treated at the PNP Center. We are recognized by Dr. Phil as a Center capable of helping individuals and families with the most complicated of circumstances.


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