Common Assessments

Effective date: September 30, 2011

Revised January 2018

Relevant Legislation:

Not applicable to this policy.

Intent:

The intent of this policy is to standardize the completion timelines of OCAN and RAI CHA assessments.

Definitions:

OCAN (Ontario Common Assessment of Need) is a standardized, consumer-led decision-making tool that allows key information to be electronically gathered in a secure and efficient manner. The largest, internationally recognized, researched and accepted assessment tool known as the Camberwell Assessment of Need (CAN-C) forms the foundation of OCAN. Additional mental health elements incorporated into the tool specifically focus on Ontario-based approach to recovery. These include risk, legal, gambling, and hopes and dreams indicators.

RAI CHA (Resident Assessment Instrument Community Health Assessment) is a standardized assessment tool that allows key information to be electronically gathered in a secure and efficient manner. RAI CHA identifies service gaps and individual needs and helps match these to existing services. It also provides aggregate data to inform organizational, regional and provincial-level planning and decision making that is consistent across the sector. RAI CHA further facilitates communication among Health Service Providers through common data standards.

Policy:

  1. Staff is required to complete OCAN and RAI CHA assessments within 14 days of the clients’ intake.
  2. Staff has 30 days to complete OCAN assessment and 14 days to complete RAI CHA assessment.

Procedures:

See program manual.