Overview

Common Assessments  are evidence based standardized tools that facilitate the collection and use of client assessment information.  They are internationally recognized automated tools and standardized processes that support the collection and use of client assessment information. The common assessments capture clients needs, informs service plans and measures client outcomes over time. Aggregate data generated by common assessments is used to support service and system planning.

interRAI CHA
Clients requiring comprehensive assessment to inform care planning – ADL/IADL support.

interRAI Preliminary Screener
Clients requiring single service for low intensity support independent in managing ADL/IADL.

Ontario Common Assessment of Need – OCAN
Standardized assessment tool used in the community mental health sector.
Supports a recovery approach and conversations.
Captures the client’s current situation, needs, strengths and service plan.

CSS (Community Support Services)

Common Assessment tools for Community Support Services (CSS)

Common Assessments  are evidence based standardized tools that facilitate the collection and use of client assessment information.  They are internationally recognized automated tools and standardized processes that support the collection and use of client assessment information. The common assessments capture clients needs, informs service plans and measures client outcomes over time. Aggregate data generated by common assessments is used to support service and system planning.

To deliver on the CSS sector’s vision of standardised common assessment processes and practices, the interRAI Preliminary Screener (interRAI PS) and the interRAI Community Health Assessment (interRAI CHA) tools were implemented across the province.

Why use CSS Common Assessments?

Benefits of a common assessment in the CSS sector for clients, Health Service Providers (HSPs), and the health care system include:

  • Identifying individual needs, helping match these to existing services and identifies service gaps
  • Informing client centred care and service plans
  • Further facilitating communication among HSPs through common data standards
  • Enhancing the quality of information by having a consistent approach to collection
  • Providing aggregate data that is consistent across the sector to inform organizational, regional and provincial-level planning and decision making

interRAI CHA is used for:
Clients requiring comprehensive assessment to inform care planning – related to ADL/IADL support needs
Includes: Adult Day Services, Personal Support/Independence Training, Assisted Living/Supportive Housing (SDL), Attendant Outreach, Case Management/Care Coordination

interRAI Preliminary Screener is used for:
Clients requiring a single service for low intensity support and who are independent in managing their ADLs/IADLs

 interRAI CHA or the interRAI Preliminary Screener are used for:
Clients with ADL/IADL needs and caregiver involvement
interRAI CHA usage depends on a caregiver’s ability to manage

interRAI CHA and interRAI PS Training resources

CMH – OCAN (Community Mental Health – Ontario Common Assessment of Needs)

Common Assessment Tools for Community Mental Health (CMH)

Common Assessments  are evidence based standardized tools that facilitate the collection and use of client assessment information.  They are internationally recognized automated tools and standardized processes that support the collection and use of client assessment information. The common assessments capture clients needs, informs service plans and measures client outcomes over time. Aggregate data generated by common assessments is used to support service and system planning.

To deliver on the CMH sector’s vision of standardized common assessment processes and practices, the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) was implemented across the province.

Why use OCAN ?