PA-FPS 3 - Assessment
Families participate in a comprehensive, individualized, strengths-based, family-focused, culturally responsive assessment.
Note: Refer to the Assessment Matrix for assessment criteria. The elements of the matrix can be tailored according to the needs of specific individuals or service design.
Personnel who conduct assessments are qualified by relevant training, skill, and experience and can recognize individuals and families with special needs.
When personnel conduct assessments, family members are considered the primary source of information.
Interpretation: Collateral sources of information can be sought to help confirm and/or enhance information for assessment purposes. When services are mandated by a referring agency with statutory responsibility, that agency may supply additional information about the need for service.
Interpretation: Extended family members may participate in the assessment process if their involvement is culturally or clinically appropriate.
The information gathered for assessments is comprehensive, directed at concerns identified in the initial screening, and limited to material pertinent for meeting service requests and objectives.
Assessments are conducted in a strengths-based, culturally responsive manner and are the basis for identifying resources that can increase service participation and support the achievement of agreed upon goals.
Interpretation: Culturally responsive assessments can include attention to geographic location, language of choice, political status, tribal affiliation, and family members’ religious, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. 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 agency.
Providers continually evaluate progress, needs, strengths, risks, impediments to service, and the continued need for service, and document the results of their ongoing evaluations once a month.
related PA-FPS 8
Interpretation: Consistently applied criteria should be used to evaluate risks or needs that may inhibit resolution of pressing issues. The agency can develop its own criteria or use an established risk assessment tool.
Interpretation: When the case involves an Indian child, the tribe or a local Indian organization should receive timely notification of ongoing evaluations and be given an opportunity to participate.
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