The LOCUS instruments are designed to be easily understood and used. They operationalize the thought process used by experienced clinicians to reach decisions regarding service needs.
Why then, is training strongly recommended? LOCUS Training familiarizes users with the underlying logic and structure of the instrument. It demonstrates the interaction between the dimensions of assessment and the mechanics of the placement algorithm.
As with all assessment processes, ambiguities will arise. Training helps clinicians process those ambiguities within the parameters of the scoring system in a uniform manner, therefore assuring highly reliable results. It also clarifies the schedules for the ongoing reassessment that ensures an accurate determination of need. Training also provides opportunities to practice applying information from clinical examples to the rating process, allowing users to resolve any questions that arise with trainers, prior to its application in actual clinical transactions.
LOCUS P.A.S.© Level of Care Utilization System for Psychiatric and Addiction Services and C &A LOCUS© Child and Adolescent Level of Care Utilization System are trademarks of Deerfield Solutions, LLC The system received the cooperation and permission of the American Association for Community Psychiatry.