PA-SDE 2: Screening and Assessment
The agency screens
and assesses children and youth promptly and responsively to identify needs and direct individuals to appropriate services.
Children and youth are screened and informed about:
- how well their needs and interests match the agency's services; and
- what services will be available and when.
The agency should inform children and youth, and their parents
or legal guardians
, about any behaviors that might result in involuntary discharge
from the program
. If an enrolled child or youth is considered inappropriate for the program, the agency should: (1) initiate a conversation with both the child or youth and his/her parent or legal guardian, and (2) make every effort to ensure that the child or youth is linked
with appropriate services.
NA Another provider is responsible for screening.
Prompt, responsive screening practices:
- ensure equitable treatment;
- support timely initiation of services; and
- provide for placement on a waiting list, if desired.
NA Another agency is responsible for screening.
Individuals who cannot be served, or cannot be served promptly, are referred or connected
to appropriate resources.
NA The agency: (1) accepts all clients
, or (2) only receives clients by referral, and is required by contract
to accept all referrals
Children and youth complete an assessment
within a timeframe established by the agency.
The information gathered for assessments is limited to material pertinent for meeting service requests and objectives
Note: Refer to the Assessment Matrix
for assessment criteria. The elements of the matrix can be tailored according to the needs of specific individuals or service design.