Standard Assessments in Penelope

To help ease the burden of building industry standard assessments in your client management system Athena Software offers a suite of pre-built documents and assessments with measures that focus on a variety of personal and social metrics.

For many social service organisations, building industry standard documents and assessments in their client management system can take a great deal of time, effort, and cost.

Also, depending on the flexibility of the client management system being used, complying with the structured layout and format of the documents may not always be an easy task.

Standard, pre-built assessments can eliminate these barriers and leave more time for your staff.

Each document comes with an annual administrative fee at a fraction of the cost to build each one.

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Benefits of Standard Assessments

Avoid getting caught up with repetitive tasks and focus on your core deliverables
Reduce chances of manual errors or entering inaccurate information in the wrong fields
Stay compliant with industry requirements by using standard documents and formats
Save on the cost of maintaining and updating these documents regularly to comply with industry changes

List of Available Assessments

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Accountable Health Communities Health- Related Social Needs Screening Tool
The Accountable Health Communities Model is based on emerging evidence that addressing health-related social needs through enhanced clinical-community linkages can improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Unmet health-related social needs, such as food insecurity and inadequate or unstable housing, may increase the risk of developing chronic conditions, reduce an individual’s ability to manage these conditions, increase health care costs, and lead to avoidable health care utilization.
ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience)
An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity.
AUDIT-Self Report
The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is a 10-item screening tool developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to assess alcohol consumption, drinking behaviors, and alcohol-related problems.
Couples Satisfaction Index

The Couples Satisfaction Index is a measure of relationship satisfaction. There are different versions of the scale to accommodate various research settings and needs.

4 versions included: CSI-4, CSI-8, CSI-16, CSI-32

DASS21 & DASS

The Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale is a set of three self-report scales designed to measure the emotional states of depression, anxiety and stress.

Edinburgh Post-Natal Depression Scale

Postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbearing. The 10-question Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a valuable and efficient way of identifying patients at risk for perinatal depression. The EPDS is easy to administer and has proven to be an effective screening tool.

GAD7
This easy-to-use self-administered patient questionnaire is used as a screening tool and severity measure for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
GDS-Short
The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) is a screening test that is used to identify symptoms of depression in older adults.
K10

The Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10) is designed to measure anxiety and depression through a 10-item questionnaire. Each question pertains to an emotional state and each has a five- level response scale.

The K10 Standard Assessment is included with Penelope at no additional cost.

MAST
The Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) screens patients for signs of alcoholism and stratifies the severity of alcoholism problems.
Multidimensional Psychological Flexibility Inventory
The Multidimensional Psychological Flexibility Inventory was developed to assess the 6 dimensions of flexibility and 6 dimensions of inflexibility (comprising the Hexaflex model) that are targeted within Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
PCL-5
The PCL-5 is a 20-item self-report measure that assesses the 20 DSM-5 symptoms of PTSD. The PCL-5 has a variety of purposes, including: monitoring symptom change during and after treatment, screening individuals for PTSD, making a provisional PTSD diagnosis.
PHQ9

The PHQ-9 is a 9-question instrument to screen for the presence and severity of depression. It is the 9- question depression scale from the Patient Health Questionnaire.

The PHQ9 Standard Assessment is included with Penelope at no additional cost.

Rosenberg Self Esteem-Scale

The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale is a 10-item self- report measure of global self-esteem. It consists of 10 statements related to overall feelings of self- worth or self-acceptance.

The Rosenberg Self Esteem- Scale Standard Assessment is included with Penelope at no additional cost.

SACS (Substances and Choices Scale)
The Substances and Choices Scale (SACS) is a brief screening and outcome measurement instrument for assessing and monitoring the use and impact of alcohol and drugs in young people.
WHOQOL-BREF
The WHOQOL-BREF instrument comprises 26 items, which measure the following broad domains: physical health, psychological health, social relationships, and environment. The WHOQOL-BREF is a shorter version of the original instrument that may be more convenient for use in large research studies or clinical trials.

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Growth of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Disability service providers have benefitted significantly from the new funding arrangements since it supports many disabled individuals across Australia. Some individuals receive NDIS support in addition to their Disability Support Pension or other disability payment while others are receiving this support for first time under the scheme. The NDIS has grown exponentially since it has been rolled out across the country with over 120,000 people expected to be employed by various service providers in 2020-21*. The number of providers will continue to grow as more participants enter the NDIS leading to increased competition and enhanced technological innovations.

Due to continued increase in government funding, the revenue for NDIS providers has grown significantly over the last five years. The revenue for NDIS providers is forecast to increase over the five years through 2025-26 to $32.3B as over 470,000 individuals are projected to receive NDIS support over the period*

The Covid-19 pandemic did not impact the NDIS rollout significantly since the service is being considered essential to users. However, due to the evolution in the service delivery models, there was a slight temporary slow down.

Who is using NDIS?

Although over four million Australians are expected to have to some form of disability yet only a fraction of them with significant disability that required long-term support are eligible for NDIS. An exception to this rule is children 0-6 who can be eligible for Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) programs for disabilities (such as autism).

Of the 470,000+ people that are projected to be eligible for NDIS, 400,000 are expected to be receiving NDIS benefits in 2020-21 and over 100,000 are expected to have receiving disability support for the first time*. Assistive technology and capital service providers are projected to expand strongly over the period as the number of individuals requiring these services is expected to rise. This trend is based on the fact that the population will be ageing, and technology innovations will allow for enhanced assistive technology enabling more individuals to enter the program.

 The funding varies based on the individual’s age and their disability type. Australians between 55-64 years of age absorb the maximum amount of funding on average since this age range covers multiple providers including assistive technology providers, disability support service providers and disability accommodation providers.

 Users with intellectual disabilities such as autism, down syndrome and developmental disorders are the industry’s largest segment. But over the past five years the segment of users with physical disabilities such as those conditions that limit their mobility, physical capacity, stamina, and dexterity (e.g., conditions like multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy or cystic fibrosus) has expanded.

Finally, there are other users who have disabilities that are not categorised as intellectual or physical such as neurological conditions, visual or hearing impairments.

Challenges for NDIS Service Providers

One of the most important priorities of any NDIS provider is their reputation or brand. Since NDIS participants have the right to change providers at any time, brand value is key to retain users. To ensure continuum on the brand value the providers have to warrant consistent customer service.

To ensure continued client satisfaction these service providers must ensure

  • Access and deployment of skilled workforce to comfort the users of quality and safety of the service provided
  • Availability and deployment of the latest and most efficient technologies or techniques such as electronic case management systems designed especially for National Disability Service Providers because these systems can allow users to manage reporting and payments, plan service delivery, track client outcomes and meet data collection and reporting requirements
  • Whenever and wherever possible, add and diversify their service offerings

Business interfacing with NDIS participants often deal with sensitive medical data. They must have sufficient cybersecurity practices in place to ensure compliance requirements surrounding data security and privacy. This is really critical because failure to comply with data projection and privacy can result in fines and tarnish service provider’s reputation/brand

Although there is an ample financial opportunity yet providing services within NDIS can be complex and overwhelming. It can evolve into a real challenge for any organisation especially as the agencies start expanding services or they start serving more clients. For service providers, managing NDIS along with servicing other programs for clients can be onerous.

It has the potential to lead into service reduction due to increased administration, higher chances of data entry error, poor reporting or negative client experience.

How can service providers overcome the challenges

One simple option is to choose a case management software designed to interface with the NDIS portal facilitating the transfer of data between the two systems. This will enable service provider’s staff to deliver consistent care, produce reliable reports and allows agencies and organisations to view a comprehensive picture of every client’s journey from start to end.

Penelope is a cloud-based case management platform that has a dedicated inbuilt NDIS module which integrates seamlessly with the remainder of its case management capabilities empowering organisations to handle requirements in line with their rest of their service delivery practices

Penelope’s integrated NDIS functionality enables service providers to: 

  • Manage Support Plans
  • Create and manage service agreements
  • Provide services to Clients who are self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed
  • Oversee all agency NDIS Claims including:
  • Creating submission files to upload to the “NDIS” portal
  • Uploading and verifying successful claims and automatically marking claims as in error where they were rejected by the NDIA
  • Uploading and processing payment Remittance Responses from the NDIA
  • Meet NDIS auditing requirements
  • Reporting on NDIS Services
  • provide 100% Control of NDIS support items and packages you deliver and much more

Next Steps

Penelope case management software is designed for growth. That’s why expanding your business is rather easy with Penelope, since all the required features and functionalities are already available. With robust installation team of qualified and trained professionals layered with comprehensive training and support, expanding another service stream can all be managed inhouse within short time.

The big question is; why worry or waste time and human resources when there are options to improve service delivery and staff efficiency at the same time? Consider choosing a case management software that maximises your agency’s efforts and investment at a low cost to you.

If you’re a NDIS service providing organisation with over fifteen staff members, schedule a complimentary assessment with a Penelope expert and discuss how you can reduce or even eliminate NDIS reporting pains.

Resources

  • National Disability Insurance Agency
  • Productivity Commission
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • NDIS Overview - Penelope
  • NDIS 1 Pager - Penelope

*Data provided in IBIS world report “National Disability Insurance Scheme Providers in Australia” by Liam Harrison September 2020

Growth of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Disability service providers have benefitted significantly from the new funding arrangements since it supports many disabled individuals across Australia. Some individuals receive NDIS support in addition to their Disability Support Pension or other disability payment while others are receiving this support for first time under the scheme. The NDIS has grown exponentially since it has been rolled out across the country with over 120,000 people expected to be employed by various service providers in 2020-21*. The number of providers will continue to grow as more participants enter the NDIS leading to increased competition and enhanced technological innovations.

Due to continued increase in government funding, the revenue for NDIS providers has grown significantly over the last five years. The revenue for NDIS providers is forecast to increase over the five years through 2025-26 to $32.3B as over 470,000 individuals are projected to receive NDIS support over the period*

The Covid-19 pandemic did not impact the NDIS rollout significantly since the service is being considered essential to users. However, due to the evolution in the service delivery models, there was a slight temporary slow down.

Who is using NDIS?

Although over four million Australians are expected to have to some form of disability yet only a fraction of them with significant disability that required long-term support are eligible for NDIS. An exception to this rule is children 0-6 who can be eligible for Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) programs for disabilities (such as autism).

Of the 470,000+ people that are projected to be eligible for NDIS, 400,000 are expected to be receiving NDIS benefits in 2020-21 and over 100,000 are expected to have receiving disability support for the first time*. Assistive technology and capital service providers are projected to expand strongly over the period as the number of individuals requiring these services is expected to rise. This trend is based on the fact that the population will be ageing, and technology innovations will allow for enhanced assistive technology enabling more individuals to enter the program.

 The funding varies based on the individual’s age and their disability type. Australians between 55-64 years of age absorb the maximum amount of funding on average since this age range covers multiple providers including assistive technology providers, disability support service providers and disability accommodation providers.

 Users with intellectual disabilities such as autism, down syndrome and developmental disorders are the industry’s largest segment. But over the past five years the segment of users with physical disabilities such as those conditions that limit their mobility, physical capacity, stamina, and dexterity (e.g., conditions like multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy or cystic fibrosus) has expanded.

Finally, there are other users who have disabilities that are not categorised as intellectual or physical such as neurological conditions, visual or hearing impairments.

Challenges for NDIS Service Providers

One of the most important priorities of any NDIS provider is their reputation or brand. Since NDIS participants have the right to change providers at any time, brand value is key to retain users. To ensure continuum on the brand value the providers have to warrant consistent customer service.

To ensure continued client satisfaction these service providers must ensure

  • Access and deployment of skilled workforce to comfort the users of quality and safety of the service provided
  • Availability and deployment of the latest and most efficient technologies or techniques such as electronic case management systems designed especially for National Disability Service Providers because these systems can allow users to manage reporting and payments, plan service delivery, track client outcomes and meet data collection and reporting requirements
  • Whenever and wherever possible, add and diversify their service offerings

Business interfacing with NDIS participants often deal with sensitive medical data. They must have sufficient cybersecurity practices in place to ensure compliance requirements surrounding data security and privacy. This is really critical because failure to comply with data projection and privacy can result in fines and tarnish service provider’s reputation/brand

Although there is an ample financial opportunity yet providing services within NDIS can be complex and overwhelming. It can evolve into a real challenge for any organisation especially as the agencies start expanding services or they start serving more clients. For service providers, managing NDIS along with servicing other programs for clients can be onerous.

It has the potential to lead into service reduction due to increased administration, higher chances of data entry error, poor reporting or negative client experience.

How can service providers overcome the challenges

One simple option is to choose a case management software designed to interface with the NDIS portal facilitating the transfer of data between the two systems. This will enable service provider’s staff to deliver consistent care, produce reliable reports and allows agencies and organisations to view a comprehensive picture of every client’s journey from start to end.

Penelope is a cloud-based case management platform that has a dedicated inbuilt NDIS module which integrates seamlessly with the remainder of its case management capabilities empowering organisations to handle requirements in line with their rest of their service delivery practices

Penelope’s integrated NDIS functionality enables service providers to: 

  • Manage Support Plans
  • Create and manage service agreements
  • Provide services to Clients who are self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed
  • Oversee all agency NDIS Claims including:
  • Creating submission files to upload to the “NDIS” portal
  • Uploading and verifying successful claims and automatically marking claims as in error where they were rejected by the NDIA
  • Uploading and processing payment Remittance Responses from the NDIA
  • Meet NDIS auditing requirements
  • Reporting on NDIS Services
  • provide 100% Control of NDIS support items and packages you deliver and much more

Next Steps

Penelope case management software is designed for growth. That’s why expanding your business is rather easy with Penelope, since all the required features and functionalities are already available. With robust installation team of qualified and trained professionals layered with comprehensive training and support, expanding another service stream can all be managed inhouse within short time.

The big question is; why worry or waste time and human resources when there are options to improve service delivery and staff efficiency at the same time? Consider choosing a case management software that maximises your agency’s efforts and investment at a low cost to you.

If you’re a NDIS service providing organisation with over fifteen staff members, schedule a complimentary assessment with a Penelope expert and discuss how you can reduce or even eliminate NDIS reporting pains.

Resources

  • National Disability Insurance Agency
  • Productivity Commission
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • NDIS Overview - Penelope
  • NDIS 1 Pager - Penelope

*Data provided in IBIS world report “National Disability Insurance Scheme Providers in Australia” by Liam Harrison September 2020

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