Six Minnesota Counties Receive Award for Implementing NCCD’s Structured Decision Making System in Adult Protective Services
A collaborative of six Minnesota counties was recognized December 3 for outstanding service—an outcome of its partnership with NCCD.
Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Steele, and Washington counties received an Association of Minnesota Counties’ (AMC) 2012 Outstanding Service Award for the development and use of the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system in adult protective services (APS).
The award, which is given for county excellence and innovation, was presented to the collaborative at the AMC’s annual conference in St. Cloud, MN. Four other counties received the same recognition for their programs.
APS staff representatives from the six-county collaborative worked with NCCD in 2010 to develop and implement intake, safety, and strengths and needs assessments. The goals of the project were to create greater definitional clarity of criteria when screening and investigating reports of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults and improve consistency in assessment practices across agencies. The assessments are designed to reinforce the clinical judgment of the APS workers at critical decision points of the assessment and investigative process.
NCCD and the collaborative continue to meet monthly to discuss implementation issues and create best-practice policy around the SDM® system. Due to the project’s success, the Minnesota Department of Human Services will begin implementing the APS SDM system statewide beginning in January 2013.