Functional Assessment Resources


LOCUS - CALOCUS resources

Iowa LOCUS Online

This site will get you into the Iowa Locus Online system.  REQUIRES PASSWORD AND LOGIN ID.  Contact ICMH staff if interested in learning more about this. 

Test site (for training purposes)

Secure Site (for actual data entry)

Unique Identifier = First 3 letters of last name, last 4 numbers in social security number, date of birth (mmddyyyy) and sex (M or F)  (to allow LOCUS data to ultimately be mergeable with other data in DHS data warehouse (e.g., outcomes, financials, etc).

LOCUS (Level of care Utilization of Services for Psychiatric and Addiction Services)

A relatively simple, widely used scale to determine appropriate level of care for adults with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

CA-LOCUS / CASII:  (Child and Adolescent Level of Care Utilization System)

Basically, the child and adolescent version of the LOCUS.  Later renamed as the CASII:  Child and Adolescent Service Intensity Instrument The above links to a the CA-Locus version 1.5


CASII:  Child and Adolescent Service Intensity Instrument

This provides background information and initial data analysis of the rationale for, and psychometric properties of the CASII / CA-Locus. This information is presented in a more extensive form in the following article:  A Level of Care Instrument for Children's Systems of Care:  Construction, Reliability and Validity (Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol 15, No 2, April 2006)

LOCUS on-line

A demonstration of the LOCUS and CALOCUS web-enabled capabilities

LOCUS:  Extended Applications

An interesting presentation by the primary developer of the LOCUS on additional uses. 

Iowa Functional Assessment Workgroup

In 2004, a workgroup was established by Iowa Department of Human Servces to explore functional assessment methodoldoy.  A summary of that group's activities is presented here.

GAF resources

Training on the GAF

The Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) is probably the most widely used functional assessment scale in all of mental health, as it has been adopted as the 5th axis in the DSM system over the past 25 years. This site provides free on-line training through the use of brief vignettes that have been pre-scored. 


ROMS resources

Recovery Outcomes Management System (ROMS)

This is a method of outcomes assessment for adults with serious mental illness. It is being promoted by a company called Polaris Health Directions.  Magellan Behavioral Health is using some of their instruments and software.


Achenbach Resources

The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA)

The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) includes a variety of tools and processes, initially targeted to children with behavioral problems, but also including scales across the age range. 


Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) Resources

CAFAS Home Page

Basic information about the CAFAS and contact information for training and permission to use it. Contact them directly for a sample copy of the instrument.

CASI:  The child and Adolescent Screening Inventory

The Child and Adolescent Screening Inventory (CASI)

This instrument is designed specifically for children in residential care. 

ICAP resources (Inventory for Client and Agency Planning)

Riverside Publishing - ICAP home page

This company sells ICAP materials including booklets and software

The information was previously posted on the ICAP Users Group webpage, which is no longer available.

A useful set of resources for those involved in employing the ICAP

ICAP References

A comprehensive listing of articles regarding the ICAP


Brain Injury Assessment Instruments

COMBY - The Center for Outcome Measurement in Brain Injury

A great resource for instruments measuring a variety of outcomes for BI.