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Handbook 3: Assessment Guides
3-16.4  CAT - Placement Assessment Tool
Assessment Guides
3-16.4  CAT - Placement Assessment Tool  
Reference Points
Overview
Purpose of the Tool
Who Completes the Tool
Completing the Placement Tool
Other References


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

9/4/09

 CWS/CMS Forms:
bullet Comprehensive Assessment Tool - Placement Assessment Tool


Overview  

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

CAT Placement Tool - Instructional Video


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Purpose of the Placement Tool  

The purpose of the tool is to determine:

  • The child’s immediate and ongoing permanency needs
  • The type of placement that will provide the child with the least restrictive setting appropriate to his or her needs.
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Who Completes the Placement Tool  

The social worker assigned responsibility for ongoing case management completes the Placement Tool. This includes:

  • DI social workers
  • VFM social workers (for VFR cases)
  • Continuing social workers
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Completing the Placement Tool  

Also refer to page 79 of the PDF CAT User Guide.

  • Names and birthdates auto populate.
  • One tool is completed for each child in the case.
  • The Placement Assessment (PA) Tool is completed:
    • When a child must be placed outside the family home to ensure his or her safety.
      • The tool does not have to be completed for emergency or temporary placements. 
    • At any time the placement of a child in out-of-home care is changed. 



In completing the Placement Assessment tool, the social worker:

  • Opens the case in CWS/CMS.
  • Opens a new Placement Assessment Tool.

              

  • Fills in demographic information not auto-populated from CWS/CMS.
    • The Date of Initial Placement refers to the date of the child's first placement in out-of-home care, when initially removed from the parents or guardians.
    • Line D is reserved for information regarding substitute care providers. 
    • To protect confidentiality, write in the foster parent's name using first name and initial of last name and an abbreviation for the facility type.  
     
  • Clicks Start/Resume WIZARD to complete the tool.
  •   Completes fields under:
    • Participants Not Assessed, if applicable
    • Substantiated Allegations
    • Question 1 through 17
    • TDM
    • Document Review
 
  • Types in his/her signature and the date on the signature and date lines.

  • 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, after 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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