Comprehensive Assessment Program (CAP)
Information for CA Social Workers
What is CAP?
CAP is a comprehensive assessment for higher risk families that will identify the family’s strengths and
resources as well as areas of clinical needs. The goal is to help improve immediate and long-term safety of
children by guiding decision making and service planning.
What does it involve?
The family participates in one assessment session and is offered an additional feedback session. The
assessment session will include:
A clinical interview to determine the family’s perceptions and motivation to change.
Observation of parent child interaction.
Administration of standardized measures to assess: substance abuse, depression, DV, parenting
stress and bonding, child behavior problems, and child abuse potential.
Immediate feedback on the test measure results and recommendations.
What is the product?
The social worker will receive a report which summarizes the family’s key issues and needs. The report will also
include recommendations to improve immediate child safety and reduce risk of future abuse or neglect through
focused service planning.
Who should be referred?
Open CPS or FVS cases where there is a high level of concern for safety.
Children birth to twelve, who are in the home or may return home soon.
Complex situations that include one or more of the following:
Chronic neglect or multiple prior referrals
Prior or current service plan which has not resulted in progress
Substance abuse or DV
Non-biological caregiver inflicting physical abuse
What do I need to do?
Give the family a CAP handout and obtain participation agreement (DSHS form 14-012).
Complete the CAP referral form.
Send the CAP referral form and required case information to the CAP Provider.
Talk with the CAP Evaluator to share your view of the case, discuss the family’s strengths and
concerns, and prioritize areas of focus for the clinical interview.
What will CAP do?
Offer an appointment to the family within seven business days of the referral.
Provide a completed report to the social worker within 20 business days of the referral.