Washington State Institute for Public Policy

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Family Assessment Response
The 2012 Washington State Legislature directed DSHS to employ one of two responses for reports that are screened in and accepted for response: an investigation (currently the only option) or a family assessment. A family assessment is defined as a comprehensive assessment of child safety, risk of subsequent child abuse or neglect, and family strengths and needs that is applied to a child abuse or neglect report. The assessment does not include a determination as to whether child abuse or neglect occurred but does determine the need for services to address the safety of the child and the risk of subsequent maltreatment.

WSIPP will conduct an evaluation of the implementation of the family assessment response. The evaluation will include child safety measures, out-of-home placement rates, re-referral rates, and caseload sizes and demographics. A preliminary report was published in December 1, 2014. The final report is due by December 1, 2016.

*The report has been postponed due to a delay in receiving administrative data required for this evaluation. WSIPP will complete the report no later than February 28, 2017.*
Marna Miller, (360) 664-9086 View Legislation
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