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OPWDD Releases the Coordinated Assessment System (CAS) Validity Study

Acting Commissioner Delaney Announces the Release of the Coordinated Assessment System (CAS) Validity Study


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As you may know, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) uses the Coordinated Assessment System (CAS) to help us understand the unique health and support needs of the people we serve. Using the CAS, assessment specialists work closely with individuals, families, support and clinical staff to gain a thorough understanding of a person’s strengths, needs and desires for his or her life.

In partnership with the Center for Human Services Research, University at Albany, OPWDD is pleased to announce the release of the study The Coordinated Assessment System (CAS): Validating the CAS in New York State, which is available on OPWDD’s Website. The report contains information on extensive evaluations of the CAS, specifically:
1.A case study that was conducted in 2013 that looked at individual, family and provider feedback on the person-centered administration process of the assessment, which is a key component of the CAS; and
2.A series of statistical tests that show how the interRAI scales perform compared to other assessment tools.

With this study, OPWDD expanded upon research conducted by interRAI to more fully measure the performance of the CAS by including a more diverse population of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) receiving a wider range of services in New York State.

This report helps to assure us that the CAS is a valid, person-centered needs assessment instrument for New Yorkers with I/DD.

In the coming weeks, OPWDD will be conducting a WebEx presentation for stakeholders to summarize the validation report and to address any questions you may have. Further details on the WebEx will be announced in the coming days.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the study — people receiving services, families and providers. Without your help, we could not have conducted a study of this scope and depth. As always, we look forward to continuing our work with you to help those we serve live richer lives.

Kerry A. Delaney
Acting Commissioner