Individuals and families participate in a comprehensive, individualized, strengths-based, culturally responsive assessment
Note: Refer to the Assessment Matrix
for additional assessment criteria
. The elements of the matrix can be tailored according to the needs of specific individuals or service design.
The information gathered for assessments is comprehensive, directed at concerns identified in the initial screening, and limited to material that is pertinent for meeting service requests and objectives
Assessments are conducted in-person in a place of the individualís or family
's choice, when possible, and include assessment of natural supports and helping networks.
The organization promptly provides or makes arrangements for specialized assessments, as needed.
Assessments are conducted in a culturally responsive manner to identify resources that can increase service participation and support the achievement of agreed upon goals.
Culturally responsive assessments can include attention to geographic location, language of choice, and the personís religious, racial, ethnic, and cultural background. Other important factors that contribute to a responsive assessment include attention to age, sexual orientation, and developmental level.
Assessments are completed within timeframes established by the organization.
Engagement and assessment are characterized by:
- sensitivity to the willingness of the person or family to be engaged;
- a non-threatening manner;
- respect for the person, his/her autonomy, and confidentiality; and