Needs Assessment Directs And Develops Individual Service Plans

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Authors: Arthur Papakotsias, Xenia Girdler, VIC

Year: 2002

Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference

Subject: book of proceedings NEAMI NATIONAL, Research, Evaluation, Quality Improvement, Brief Papers: Focus on Partnerships, Recovery & Rehabilitation

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Neami, a Community Rehabilitation and Support Service in Melbourne, has implemented the clinical version of the Camberwell Assessment of Need (CAN) as their main needs assessment tool. CAN is a structured interview with consumers held approximately six (6) weeks after they engage with the service and after they have completed a mental health outcome measure. CAN covers twenty-two (22) domains of life, listing both met and unmet needs in each domain from both a consumer and staff perspective. Staff and consumers then develop an ISP based on the identified needs. The CAN has assisted in making ISP's relevant and responsive thus directing the work of staff with consumers. Analysis of CAN results in Neami's data base has enabled service planning in a systematic and efficient manner.

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