The Oregon Needs Assessment (ONA) is used to assess a person's functional needs and determine their level of care. The ONA determines whether a person is eligible for their qualified PSW to receive enhanced or exceptional pay rates. The ONA is used to identify potential risks and to produce a Risk Report.
Certified assessors are trained specifically in completing assessments. Assessors have distinct responsibilities separate from case managers. Assessors complete the ONA based on information gathered during the file review, 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.
Communicating with individuals and families
Assessors and case managers should work together to help individuals and their families through this change. ODDS created online resources about the Compass Project to help answer questions. Here are some specific resources for assessors to use with individuals and their families.
ONA Quality Assurance