Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Coordinated Assessment System (CAS)


Once a person is determined eligible to receive OPWDD services, an assessment is completed to help identify the person’s strengths, needs and the natural or community supports available to him or her. OPWDD currently uses two tools when assessing service needs:

1.   The Developmental Disabilities Profile (DDP-2) is a brief assessment used by OPWDD to identify the challenges that an individual with developmental disabilities may have and to identify their service needs. OPWDD staff  then works with the individual and their family to complete the DDP-2 during the initial assessment process. To do this, OPWDD staff asks questions about the person's life in order to more fully understand their strengths and needs.

2.   The Coordinated Assessment System (CAS) is a comprehensive assessment tool used by OPWDD to identify an individual’s strengths, needs and interests and to assist in person-centered planning for care.  The CAS asks many questions about a person, their living situation, their needs and interests, and their challenges so that the services that will best meet their needs can be identified. The CAS is now being used for individuals who are 18 years of age and over, newly eligible, or transitioning to adult services.  

Eventually, the CAS will replace the DDP-2, until that time, both will continue to be used.