Memorandum on External Recommendations for Standardized Assessment in the United States


This paper was produced as part of California’s uniform assessment stakeholders work group by academic partners from the University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, San Francisco. It identifies and compares existing gold-standard recommendations for standardized assessment throughout the U.S.

Date Updated: 10/30/2013

Standardized assessment of each person’s need for services has been identified as a fundamental tool for bringing more coherence across a too often fragmented Long‐term Services and Supports (LTSS) system. Standardized assessment is compelling for several reasons. First and foremost standardized assessment can facilitate consistent and reliable identification of the individual’s met and unmet need for home‐  and community‐based services (HCBS). At the level of the individual, a standardized assessment will also simplify access to various programs and supports and has been identified as an important building block for decreasing fragmentation and improving services provided to those with long‐term care needs.