An individualized, strengths-based assessment, completed in a timely manner with family and resident participation, is the basis for service, discharge, and aftercare planning and delivery.
Interpretation: Legislation requires that children and youth who receive child welfare services have a permanency plan consistent with federal guidelines.
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.
Individuals entering a crisis stabilization center are accepted on a 24-hour basis, and a qualified professional provides:
NA The agency does not operate or refer individuals to a crisis stabilization unit.
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 both new and current residents.
Clinical personnel conduct a bio-psychosocial evaluation with the participation of a licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, or other qualified mental health professional, or review a recent evaluation that includes:
Interpretation: Personnel with specialized trauma-related education, skills, and training, or a qualified cooperating service provider, screen and assess individuals for trauma symptoms.
Note: The agency should have mechanisms in place for sharing information among service providers, that respects confidentiality and encourages continuity of care and treatment.
Residents receive an individualized interdisciplinary assessment of:
Interpretation: Culturally responsive assessments can include attention to geographic location, language of choice, and the person’s religious, racial, ethnic, and cultural background. Other important factors that contribute to a responsive assessment include attention to age, sexual orientation, and developmental level.
When a resident’s initial assessment or screening indicates a substance use condition, the agency:
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.