A MEASURE FOR SUCCESS
What is the Supports Intensity Scale?
The Supports Intensity Scale® (SIS) - Adult
- is a nationally normed assessment tool designed by experts for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities age 16 and older
- is nationally recognized, adopted by 18 states, used internationally
- identifies and measures the supports needed for an individual to successfully participate in various life activities
- is conducted through a positive and thorough interview process every three years
The SIS includes three sections, each of which measures a particular area of support need:
The Supports Intensity Scale® consists of 49 life activities grouped into six domains:
- Home Living
- Lifelong Learning
- Community Living
- Health and Safety
- Social Activities
Supplemental Protection and Advocacy measures eight activities. Information learned here is helpful in developing individualized support plans.
Exceptional Medical and Behavioral Supports Needs measures support needs across 15 medical conditions and 12 challenging behaviors. An underlying assumption of the SIS® is that certain medical conditions and challenging behaviors predict that a person will require increased support over time. The medical and behavioral items identify important considerations for support needs planning.
The Supports Intensity Scale® (SIS) - Children
- is a different assessment tool used to identify the support needs of children younger than 16
- measures the relative intensity of support needs of children with intellectual and/or developmental disability
- focuses on the extent of extra support a child needs to fully participate in a variety of activities
- is conducted every two years
Who receives a SIS® assessment?
All individuals receiving services through the NC Innovations Waiver are required to receive a SIS. The SIS gives very valuable information to us and to you.
To learn more about the SIS® . . .
Watch the SIS® Community Forum Presentation given in September 2012 to explain the SIS assessment and what an interview is like.
Watch these SIS® Videos produced by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
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