Treatment Outcomes – Real Life Change

At Timberline Knolls, we build upon strengths and potential, working with residents to create individualized treatment plans. At the time a resident is admitted, she undergoes a thorough, multi-disciplinary assessment including a structured psychiatric evaluation by her psychiatrist. From the initial evaluation, a Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) level is determined using the GAF scale. This scale is particularly useful in tracking the clinical progress of individuals in global terms because it uses a single measure that all professionals are familiar with.

Based on an evaluation of the resident’s recovery progress, a new GAF scale functional level is determined at discharge. These scores provide evidence of the effectiveness of treatment at Timberline Knolls.

Timberline Knolls has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading health care accrediting organization. The following graphs show the focus provided to the quality care and treatment experience at Timberline Knolls.

Timberline Knolls Residents: Functional Improvement, 2006 – 2014

*Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF)

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*Axis V: Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) is for reporting the clinician’s judgment of the individual’s overall level of functioning. The information is useful in planning treatment and measuring its impact, and in predicting outcome. The reporting of overall functioning on Axis V can be done using the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) Scale. The GAF Scale may be particularly useful in tracking the clinical progress of individuals in global terms, using a single measure.

American Psychiatric Association (2000). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Revised 4th ed.). Print. Washington, DC: Author, p. 32.

areas of function

From 2006 to 2014 residents showed significant improvement one month and one year post discharge. Results from Timberline Knolls former residents indicate they are handling various areas of function in positive ways, and using their skills learned during treatment to move forward to live constructive and meaningful lives. Residents’ self-evaluations show high ratings for many important areas of functionality.

In 2014, resident surveys conducted one month and one year post-discharge indicated that:

  • 76% are maintaining healthy weight (one month and one year post discharge)
  • 88% responded personal relationships have improved (one year post discharge)
  • 85% responded with improved ability to handle problems (one year post discharge)
  • 85% responded with improvement in family relationships (one year post discharge)
  • 86% responded with functioning more effectively at work/school (one year post discharge)

post discharge

Timberline Knolls staff works to maintain communication with former residents through our alumni program, including alumni events (held both on and off campus), and conducts a one-year post-discharge follow-up survey.