PA-WDS 4: Assessment-Based Employment Planning and Monitoring
Each job seeker participates in a culturally responsive, individualized, and comprehensive assessment, which is the basis for the development and ongoing review of an employment plan that:
- addresses the job seeker’s needs;
- supports attainment of the job seeker’s goals and desired outcomes; and
- improves the job seeker’s ability to be self-sustaining.
Culturally responsive assessments are conducted within timeframes established by the agency to determine the job seeker’s:
- previous formal and informal work experience;
- relevant life experiences;
- interests, aptitudes, and employment goals;
- training and educational needs;
- strengths and coping strategies;
- informal support networks; and
- barriers to employment.
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.
Note: Refer to the Assessment Matrix
for additional Screening/Intake Assessment criteria. The elements of the matrix can be tailored according to the needs of specific individuals or service design.
The agency works with the full participation of the job seeker to develop and regularly review an assessment-based employment plan that is individualized, flexible, and modified as necessary to meet his or her changing needs and goals
is to be conducted so that the service recipient
retains as much personal responsibility and self-determination as possible and desired. When the service recipient is a minor, or an adult under the care of a guardian, the agency should follow applicable state laws or regulations requiring involvement or consent of legal guardians
To ensure the development of a comprehensive employment plan, direct service personnel
are trained in the variety of services offered by the agency, directly and by referral.