Adult Services

Learn about assesments, individual treatment, and the Aspire program, make a selection below.
  • Individual Therapy

    We offer a variety of individually-based therapies that help patients make meaningful gains in their lives. With our emphasis on science, we base our recommendations for therapy (individual or group) upon what is likely to result in the most improvement. When individual therapy is recommended, we most often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy given the wealth of scientific evidence that supports it as a very effective treatment for a variety of problems. Not all persons are good candidates for individual therapy due to several factors including the nature of the problem (i.e. adult with an intellectual disability), age of patient, and severity of symptoms.

  • Assessments

    • Neuropsychological Testing

      Neuropsychological assessments are very useful when a patient has a complicated history and presentation. For example, a neuropsychological assessment is often indicated when a person is suspected of having a brain injury (e.g. head injury, concussion) or brain disease (e.g. tumor, infection, dementia). Many times, we conduct neuropsychological assessments when there is a history of significant prenatal or delivery complications (e.g. significant premature birth; very low birth weight; lack of oxygen; exposures to cigarettes, alcohol, prescription medications, or alcohol during pregnancy) that could have resulted in brain damage or injury. The goal of a neuropsychological evaluation is to identify any deficits in major areas of brain functioning including attention, memory, language, motor, and executive abilities, as well as aid in differential diagnosis and treatment planning. In short, the more we know about a patient’s brain functioning, the better we are able to arrive at diagnostic conclusions and develop effective treatment plans. Neuropsychological assessments are also useful in documenting any problems that may require supports and accommodations in work and school settings.

      Once all testing is completed, the patient will schedule a review with the clinician to discuss the findings (e.g., individual’s strengths and weaknesses), recommendations and make plans for treatment, if necessary.

    • We are proud to employ the most rigorous and scientifically-sound assessment methods in all of our evaluations. We utilize a multi-method, multi-informant, multi-time series approach for all of our assessments.

      • The multi-method component means that we gather information through several different methods including but not limited to clinical observation, clinical interviews, collection of standardized rating forms, administration of standardized psychological tests, and review of records. The use of multiple types of assessment methods allows us to arrive at the most valid diagnoses by not relying on only one type of assessment.
      • The multi-informant process means that we gather information from all important sources in a patient’s life, such as parents/caregivers, teachers, physicians and other professionals. By gathering information from multiple sources, we can ensure that we get the most accurate picture of a patient’s functioning.
      • Lastly, we utilize a multi-time series approach. This means that we do not simply collect information at one appointment. We all have good and bad days and would certainly not want an entire diagnostic impression to be based upon one day. Thus, we include several appointments in the evaluation process so that we get a more valid overall picture of how a patient typically functions in his/her everyday life.

      Understanding any neurodevelopmental or mental health disorder is often a confusing and difficult task. The good news is that although difficult, accurate diagnosis can be achieved and can lay the foundation for improving your life!The goal of any diagnostic process should be to facilitate the development of appropriate and effective treatments to improve a person’s life.

      Our diagnostic assessment process is well-aligned with major professionals’ groups. We are proud that our diagnostic evaluation process is based upon the most scientifically-sound practices. We take very seriously the privilege and responsibility of helping you, and we hope that you will find your process with us to be valuable and informative.

      We take a broad and thorough approach to neurodevelopmental disorders. That is, we understand that adults with neurodevelopmental disorders often have many additional symptoms and impairments that result in multiple diagnoses. Thus, our diagnostic assessments are individually tailored to answer two primary questions: "What is it?" and "What isn’t it?" as it relates to diagnosis. This is the basis of good differential diagnosis. From this broad approach, we routinely conduct the assessments to diagnose the following concerns:

      • ADHD
      • Autism
      • Intellectual Disabilities
      • Dyslexia and other learning disorders
      • Emotional, behavioral, and social problems associated with medical conditions
      • Anxiety Disorders
      • Depressive Disorders
      • Mood disorders
      • Cognitive impairments related to stroke, dementia, traumatic brain injury, etc.
      • Tourette's Disorder
    • Medication Assessments

      We also conduct specialized assessments to help clarify the need for medication and whether a patient’s current medication is effective.

      A significant portion of persons with developmental and mental health problems require both psychological and medication treatments. The state-of-the-science indicates that the combination of psychological and medication treatments often results in greater improvement in patient symptoms compared to either treatment alone. The pressure for primary care physicians (PCPs) to prescribe psychotropic medications is increasing. However, PCPs often report that prescription of psychotropic medication can be complex and they welcome assistance in the decision-making process.

      We utilize scientifically-based protocols to help patients and PCPs make well-informed decisions about medication. Our protocols include brief objective tests, a collection of ratings of symptoms and side effects, and clinical observations. Once we collect this data, we provide a summary report to PCPs and patients to aid them in efficiently arriving at the most effective medication regimen.

      Our clinical staff is trained to monitor patients’ responses to, and progress with, medication. Since we typically see patients on a weekly basis, we are able to provide ongoing information to PCPs about medication effectiveness. We are also able to gauge the effectiveness of the combination of medication and psychological treatment. This is a critical component since psychological treatment can often lead to reduced need for medication.

  • Aspire


    Aspire Behavioral Health Solutions (Aspire) is a sister agency to ADHD & Autism Psychological Services and Advocacy. Aspire focuses on behavioral health disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. We offer psychological and neuropsychological assessments as well as scientifically-based treatments for a range of disorders including but not limited to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, phobias, and related emotional, social, behavioral, and cognitive problems. We provide treatments in a variety of formats including individual, group, family, and couples sessions.

  • Adult BH HCBS

    • Our Adult Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services (BH HCBS) were engineered with you in mind. We respect every individual’s personal journey to wellness and recovery. That is why we develop every plan with a person-centered approach that emphasizes each individual’s strengths and natural supports. Aspire staff members work with each individual, their family, and community agencies in order to ensure the best outcomes. In order to provide the highest level of care, we blend compassionate care with science, to deliver powerful and supportive programs in a number of settings including community, home, and office.

      BH HCBS are suited for a range of disorders including but not limited to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, phobias, and related emotional, social, behavioral, and cognitive problems. We currently provide the following BH HCBS: 

      • Peer Support Services
      • Family Support Training
      • Habilitation
      • Pre-vocational Services
      • Psychosocial Rehabilitation
      • Educational Support Services.

      Click the service name at the top of this page to find out more detailed information regarding the individual services we provide or contact our office.

    • Eligibility for BH HCBS is managed by the Office of Mental Health. If eligible for these services you should have received a notice from New York Medicaid Choice informing you of your eligibility for HARP. Additional information can be found on the OMH website, https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/bho/hcbs.html. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please reach out to the Office of Mental Health, customer relations 1-800-597-8481 or your Health Home care manager.

      Interested in referring? We are exciting to be accepting new referrals for all BH HCBS we are approved to provide. We would appreciate if all relevant individual information (including individual’s Plan of Care) be faxed to our office (866-822-2343), attention Kyrie Henderson. Please feel feel to contact Kyrie Henderson at 315-732-3431 ext. 230 or Kyrie@AAPSA.net with your questions.

    • The non-clinical assistance provided through Peer Supports focuses on rehabilitation and recovery. Peer Specialists and Advocates will work with individuals to encourage skill-building aimed at improving individual’s abilities to access and benefit from the resources available to them. By assisting in teaching individuals to advocate for themselves and access available resource, individuals will learn to better manage their behavioral health symptoms and gain the confidence to seek out the services they need. Activities will be structured and scheduled to empower the individual to utilize the tools and supports that will best address their specific needs and promote achievement of goals. 

    • Family Support and Training Specialists will provide training and support to the family members of individuals receiving services to ensure the complete understanding of roles and responsibilities in maintaining the safety of the individual and supporting their progress. Workshops, training, support groups, and individual counseling sessions for family members will provide training on topics including family mediation, conflict resolution, treatment regimens, problem-solving skills, coping mechanisms, recovery orientation, advocacy, trauma, and behavioral intervention strategies. Family members will also be educated on the requirements of the waiver process and the specific needs of the individual. 

    • Habilitation services will include activities and instruction that lead to successful community living and recovery. Habilitation Coordinators will help individuals to access and use community resources to perform activities necessary for integrated living; instruct individuals to develop or maintain financial stability; provide skill training and hands-on assistance with instrumental activities of daily living; and use modeling, cueing, instruction, and support to assist individuals to reach their maximum level of independent functioning in community living. 

      Facilitation of communication with family members, housing preservation and advocacy training, and assistance with the development of strategies and supportive interventions to avoid more intensive services will help individuals to maintain independence while working cooperatively with roommates, family members, and community connections. 

    • Pre-vocational services will be provided by staff members with extensive experience teaching soft skills to prepare for the workplace including the identification of obstacles to employment, preparing the necessary paperwork for job applications, and how to interact with others. Activities in this area will include those which will help the individual develop job-related skills such as communication and interpersonal skills, earned income management, and self-care, as well as help individual identify occupations of interest that fit with their cognitive, physical, and mental health functioning. Career development activities and work-related experience guided by Aspire Rehabilitation Training Specialists will be important components of the Pre-vocational services at Aspire. 

    • Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialists at Aspire will assist individuals to support and restore social and interpersonal skills through activities and training that enhance independent living skills, help individuals to establish and maintain friendships and natural support systems, and support individual’s participation in personal interest activities. By assisting individual in implementing the learned skills to improve their personal autonomy, health, social skills, wellness plans, and personal care, Aspire Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialists will support self-management and reduction of relapses and the negative effects of symptoms. Individuals will learn how to utilize adaptive behaviors to respond to and avoid triggers and cravings that threaten recovery and full integration into the community. 

    • Educational Support Services will include supports and trainings to assist individuals with mental health or substance use disorders as they start or return to a school setting. Individuals will work with Aspire Education Specialists to identify barriers and formulate service plans which will allow them to successfully acclimate to a school setting. Activities in this area include those which will allow the individual to obtain necessary skills such as completing all relevant paperwork for enrollment and financial aid, improving executive functioning skills, and advocating for themselves independently in a school setting.

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Utica, NY 13502

P: 315-732-3431
F: 866-822-2343
mail@aapsa.net