2541. Structured Decision Making Risk Assessment®(SDMRA)

Purpose Statement

The Structured Decision Making Risk Assessment (SDMRA) is a household-based assessment focused on the characteristics of the caregivers and children living in that household. By completing the SDMRA following the Safety Assessment, the worker obtains an objective appraisal of the risk to a child. The SDMRA informs when services may or must be offered.

Laws

RCW 26.44.030

Executive Order 12-04

Policy

  1. The SDMRA risk assessment tool is required as part of the Investigative Assessment and is completed on all screened in CPS intakes (includes Risk Only intakes) requiring a CPS investigation.
  2. Services must be offered to families with a high SDMRA score.
  3. Services may be offered to families with a moderately high SDMRA score.
  4. Services are not offered to families when observable, verifiable and describable changes have been made within the family that reduces the identified risk in the SDMRA .
  5. Cases with a high SDMRA score must be staffed with a Child Protection Team (CPT) for identified child victims aged six years or younger.

Procedures

  1. Complete the SDMRA no longer than 60 days after the intake was received and following the Safety Assessment and prior to a determination to offer ongoing services or a case transfer to another program area. Supervisors may extend the completion date of the SDMRA with reason.
  2. When the SDMRA score is "high" and the child is determined unsafe through the Safety Assessment then:
    1. Follow the Safety Plan policy
    2. Follow the 1740 Child Protection Teams (CPT) policy.
    3. Document "Transferred to Tribal Authority" per ICW Manual on the Investigative Assessment disposition tab when a Tribe is assuming responsibility for providing services and monitoring the family.
    4. Explain why services were not offered or provided to the family in (including when Tribe assumes authority) in FamLink.
  3. When the SDMRA score is "high" or "moderately high" and the child is determined safe through the Safety Assessment:
    1. Offer services when the SDMRA score is high and both family and individual level concerns exist per 2440 Service Agreement policy.
    2. Consider offering services when the SDM score is moderately high and both family and individual level concerns exist per 2440 Service Agreement policy.
    3. Services are not offered to families when observable, verifiable and describable changes have been made within the family that reduces the identified risk in the SDMRA.
    4. Follow the 1740 Child Protection Teams (CPT) policy.
    5. Document the following on the Investigative Assessment disposition tab when services are not offered to the family by CA:
      1. "Transferred to Tribal Authority" if Tribe is assuming responsibility for providing services and monitoring the family
      2. "Other" on the drop down menu and in the text box document an explanation why services were not offered or provided
  4. When the chronicity indicator has been identified with a family and the family has a SDMRA score of high, and:
    1. Voluntary services are offered:
      1. Refer family to appropriate evidence based or promising programs where available, or
      2. If not available, refer other relevant agency contracted or community services
    2. Voluntary services are not offered:
      1. Follow the 1740 Child Protection Teams (CPT) policy.
      2. Review case with CPS supervisor before case closure

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