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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Supports Intensity ScaleTM?
The Supports Intensity ScaleTM (SISTM) is a nationally normed assessment tool for people with developmental disabilities age 16 and older. The tool was designed by experts in the field of developmental disabilities specifically to identify the support needs of people with developmental disabilities. The SISTM is nationally recognized and has been adopted by 18 states and is used internationally, too. The SISTM measures the supports needed for an individual to successfully participate in various life activities.
There is a different SISTM tool used to assess the support needs of children under 16. SISTM-Children is designed to measure the relative intensity of support needs of children with intellectual disability. This assessment differs from traditional assessments due to the focus on the extent of extra support a child needs in order to fully participate in a variety of activities.
Who receives a SISTM assessment?
All individuals receiving services through the Innovations Waiver are required to receive a SISTM. The SISTM gives very valuable information to us and to you. It is an objective assessment tool. It focuses on the type of support an individual needs. It helps identify the supports needed to offer each individual full participation in a variety of life activities. It also gives information about a person’s support needs that can help plan services and supports.
About 5,000 people throughout North Carolina were randomly selected for the initial phase and are being assessed over the next several months. If you are one of the 439 served by ECBH chosen for this first phase, your participation in the Innovations Waiver requires that you participate in the SISTM assessment. You will receive a letter from North Carolina Department of Medicaid notifying you of your selection. Additionally, you will be notified about your appointment date, time, and location in the near future.
To learn more about the SISTM . . .
ECBH hosted SISTM Community Forums in September, 2012, to tell you more about the SISTM assessment and what an interview will be like. To see the presentation that was used at the forums, please click HERE.
Watch these SISTM Videos HERE produced by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
More information regarding the SISTM can be found at the following websites: