DFCS Online Policies & Procedures

  DFCS Online Policies & Procedures

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Handbook 3: Assessment Guides
3-16.3 CAT - Continuing Services Assessment Tool
Assessment Guides
3-16.3  CAT - Continuing Services Assessment Tool
Reference Points
Overview
Purpose of the Continuing Services Tool
Who Completes the Continuing Services Tool
Completing the Continuing Services Tool
Other References


Reference Points
Effective Date: 5/1/07
Last Updated:

9/4/09

 CWS/CMS Forms:
bullet Comprehensive Assessment Tool - Continuing Services Assessment Tool


Overview  

The following is a link to video instruction on using the Continuing Services Tool.

CAT Continuing Services Tool - Instructional Video



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Purpose of the Continuing Services Tool  

The Continuing Services Assessment (CS) Tool is completed for all open cases at the initial case plan:

  • To identify the best possible strategies for changing the conditions and/or behaviors that pose risk of harm to the child.
 


Subsequent CS Tools are open to determine:

  • If it is safe to return a child to his or her home, if a reunification case, or
  • The family’s needs for continuing public child welfare
    and/or community services, if a voluntary or court-ordered family maintenance case or a permanency planning case or
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Who Completes the Continuing Services Tool  

The social worker assigned responsibility for ongoing case management completes the Continuing Services (CS) Assessment Tool.  This includes:

  • DI social workers
  • ER social workers
    • Only if the Initial Case Plan is completed.
  • VFM social workers
  • IS social workers
  • Continuing social workers
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Completing the Continuing Services Tool  

Also refer to page 49 of the PDF CAT User Guide.

  • One Tool is completed for each child in the case.
  • The CS Tool is completed:
    • At the time of the Initial Case Plan.
    • At the time of each judicial review hearing, or at least every six months from the initial case plan.
    • Any time a change to the case plan is made while children are in care, including when there is a change of case plan goals, placements and reunification efforts.



In completing the Continuing Services Assessment Tool, the social worker:

  • Opens the case in CWS/CMS.
  • Enters:
    • Date
    • The type of case planning associated with the assessment, either initial case plan or case plan update
    • Reunification readiness assessment, if the recommendation is for the child to be returned to the care of the parent(s)
    • Demographics of the parents and child(ren)
    • Name of substitute care provider
      • Use first name and last initial along with an abbreviation for the facility type (e.g. FH, RH, FFA, CCF)
    • Case Plan Goal

  • Clicks the Start/Resume WIZARD button to complete the remaining Tool.
  • Completes questions 2 through 13.
  • Types in his/her name and the date on the signature and date lines at the end of the Tool
  • Saves the Tool online by clicking the Exit and Save Document button at the lower right of the WIZARD Main Menu.  


Supervisor:

  • Opens and reviews the Tool in CWS/CMS.
  • Types in his/her signature and date on the signature and date lines at the end of the Tool to indicate approval.
  • Saves the Tool by clicking on the   Form Completed, Save for Analysis   button at the bottom of the Wizard Main Menu, if approving the Tool.
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Other References  
PDF CAT User Guide
bullet2 OPP Chapter 3-16: Comprehensive Assessment Tool (CAT)
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