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Standards of Care Applying to Transitional Care Facilities Comprehensive Assessment
- Comprehensive Assessment Precedes Case Management Services: Case management services shall be preceded by a comprehensive assessment of the client's current social, health (including mental health and substance use/abuse) and education/ employment conditions. Screening for emotional disorders and dysfunction, including substance abuse, and for other serious mental health impediments to independence, shall be performed by, or under the supervision of, qualified mental health or substance abuse professionals. The comprehensive assessment of the client's social, health and education/employment needs shall commence within seventy-two (72) hours of admission of the client to the Primary care facility.
In the event that a client was referred by a temporary care provider or another primary care provider, the client's comprehensive assessment documentation prepared by the referral provider shall be reviewed and revised by the current primary care provider. Such review and revision shall commence within seventy-two (72) hours of admission of the client to the primary care facility.
- Client Rapport: Development of a rapport between the client and facility staff responsible for the assessment function, establishing trust and familiarity, is deemed integral to performing a thorough and accurate comprehensive assessment or revised assessment, as the case may be, of the client's needs and to establishing an effective case management service plan and a realistic, client-developed Continuum of Care Plan.
- Contents of Comprehensive Assessment: The comprehensive assessment shall include treatment and referral recommendations and will form the basis for the client's individualized Continuum of Care Plan and referral services provided to the client. The comprehensive assessment shall be comprised of information gathered by the OAP (Outreach, Assessment and Placement) Program, by the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, at intake, through client interviews and through medical and referral information.
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