Developmental Disabilities Provider and Partner Resources

ONA Assessor Resources

Starting July 1, 2018, the Oregon Needs Assessment (ONA) will replace some of the tools that have been used in the past. ONA will now be used to assess functional needs and determine level of care. The ONA will also determine if a person is eligible for their qualified PSW to receive enhanced or exceptional pay rates.
Assessors, a new role, will be trained specifically in completing assessments. Assessors will have distinct responsibilities separate from case managers. Assessors will complete the ONA based on information gathered during the file review, the face-to-face observation, and through interviews with knowledgeable people within the person’s life, including the case manager.


Assessors must be trained to complete ONAs. ODDS has scheduled trainings around Oregon to train assessors.

ONA Resources

Communicating with individuals and families

Assessors and case managers should work together to help individuals and their families through this change. ODDS has created a webpage about the Compass Project to help answer their questions. ODDS prepared additional resources for Case Managers and Assessors to use when talking about the ONA with individuals and their families.

ONA Quality Assurance

As the Compass Project continues, ODDS will post ONA-related transmittals here

ODDS ONA Contacts