Advanced Designated Analysis Planning and Tracking Tool
ADAPT is a new on-line mental health screening instrument designed specifically for children and youth in the child welfare system. Developed by a psychologist and a psychiatrist with many years of clinical experience in the field, ADAPT addresses the complex issues involved in providing mandated mental health screening and care to this diverse population. ADAPT conserves limited financial resources by screening out children not needing further in-depth evaluation.
ADAPT is an on-line instrument available 24/7 to the caregiver and/or caseworker. It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. If requested information is not immediately available, the instrument can be paused indefinitely while the information is obtained, resulting in a more complete and accurate screening. A printable report is available immediately upon completion. Analysis of collected data can assist agencies in program development, strategic planning, and resource alignment. ADAPT also provides a convenient way to demonstrate compliance with policies mandating timely screening.
Adapt solves the problem of lost or incomplete information when a child moves from one agency, caregiver, or geographical location to another. A designated User Name and Password goes with the child wherever he or she goes. The data remains stored in the ADAPT data base and can be accessed anytime, anywhere immediately. ADAPT provides a virtual mental health care home for displaced children.
Based upon the BioPsychoSocial model recommended by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, ADAPT analyzes the whole child from three perspectives: Biological, Psychological, and Social. It then integrates these perspectives into a more complete, holistic understanding of the child.
Because ADAPT assesses the broad range of BioPsychoSocial issues impacting children in care, it is able to provide direction to the caregiver and agency for appropriate planning. Each child receives an individualized suggested care plan which addresses his/her particular mental health care needs.
Because ADAPT can be retaken at regular intervals at no additional cost, it provides a simple, consistent method of tracking a child’s response to care over time and across agencies. This allows for timely interventions and appropriate alterations to the treatment plan.
ADAPT Generates Summary Reports that provide information about the child in the following areas:
ADAPT reports are suitable for use as initial and follow-up documentation for the court. *SDQ (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) **Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, American Psychiatric Association, Edition 5
Using the Bio-Psychosocial Model to Better Understand Children with Multiple Negative Impacts.
A 3-D View examines the “big picture” of troubled foster, kinship and adopted children. Eschewing a single, narrow perspective of these struggling children, the authors support a three-dimensional viewpoint. The 3-D approach integrates information from biological, psychological, and social dimensions to furnish depth and breadth to the understanding and treatment of at-risk children. The book describes:
ADAPT is available to agencies who wish to screen many or all of the children in their care. It may be advantageous for caseworkers or other staff to have an “inservice training” on the background and “nuts and bolts” of ADAPT prior to distributing, explaining, collecting, interpreting results, and recommending programmatic changes based upon the data generated. For this reason, trainings are available in person or via webinar.
Workshops based upon the book and presented by the author(s) are available.
Dr’s. Kagan and Delaney are available to provide talks, seminars, workshops, and webinars.
For information on ADAPT orders, scheduling trainings and/or book orders, contact:
James M. Kagan, M.D.
Dr. Kagan has practiced pediatrics and then psychiatry for over forty years. He lives and works in Fort Collins, Colorado where he cares for many foster, kinship, and adopted children.
Richard J. Delaney, Ph.D.
Dr. Delaney has practiced psychology for over forty years and is a nationally recognized consultant on foster care and adoption. He has authored several books on the subject and is co-founder of Foster Parent College.
Pradyumna Narayana, M.S.
Pradyumna has finished his Masters and is pursuing his Ph.D. in Computer Vision at Colorado State University. His interests are Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
Kim Leighty is the Contact Manager for ADAPT and A 3-D View.