In some circumstances, admissions to a specialized residential assessment program is necessary to understand the complexity of presenting issues.  Perhaps a short term interventional program such as wilderness is contra-indicated due to medical instability or a significant cognitive disability. Comprehensive evaluations, both formal (Neuropsychological or Psychoeducational) and functional (observation, therapeutic services) give us the information we need to make confident recommendations for next step placement. Length of stay at a residential assessment program can range from 3-6 weeks, or longer depending on the program and the complexity of issues. In many cases, parents can receive some financial assistance from medical insurance.