PA-GLS 3 - Assessment
A comprehensive, individualized, strengths-based, family focused, culturally responsive assessment, completed with the resident and family members in a timely manner, is the basis for service planning, service delivery, and, when appropriate, planning for a future stable living arrangement.
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.
Personnel who conduct assessments are qualified by training, skill, and experience and are able to recognize individuals and families with special needs.
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.
Individuals receive a timely, individualized assessment of:
Interpretation: Assessments are completed within timeframes established by the agency and are updated periodically.
Note: The agency should have mechanisms in place for confidential sharing of information among service providers to encourage continuity of care and treatment.
When an individualís initial assessment indicates the presence of substance use conditions, the agency:
Assessments consider factors related to successful group living including:
Interpretation: Safety issues may arise when placing individuals with little or no notice into a residential living environment prior to completion of a full assessment. The agency must ensure the smoothest transition possible for new and current residents.
NA The agency only receives clients who are placed through the court system.
The agency assesses and treats or refers identified victims and perpetrators of abuse and neglect.
Interpretation: The agency complies with mandatory reporting laws and only releases information with the written, informed consent of the person or legal guardian.
Assessments are conducted in a culturally responsive manner and identify 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, 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.
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