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

  1. Developmental Disabilities Profile (DDP-2)
  2. Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)
  3. Coordinated Assessment System (CAS)
Developmental Disabilities Profile (DDP-2)
The Developmental Disabilities Profile (DDP-2) is a brief assessment used by OPWDD to identify the challenges that someone with developmental disabilities may have and to identify their service needs. OPWDD staff then works with the person 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. Eventually, the CANS and CAS will replace the DDP-2. Until that time, each assessment tool will continue to be used.