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DDS Payment Reform - Standardized Assessment Workgroup

The Standardized Assessment Workgroup is focused on the adoption of a uniform, standardized assessment tool for determining what services individuals need.  The workgroup will review assessment tool options, considerations of transitioning to a new tool and the process for implementation. 

Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Handouts

Standardized Assessment Meeting Schedule

If you received a call to set up your SIS A needs assessment and aren’t sure who to call back, you can reach the schedulers at 1 (833) 930-3543.

If you have completed a needs assessment and want to share feedback, send us an email at

Feel free to email if you have questions.

Contract Awarded for Independent Needs Assessment
A request for proposals (RFP) for an independent organization to conduct needs assessments for individuals in DDS was posted on September 16, 2020.  DAIL received and reviewed seven bids for the contract.  On March 29, 2021, the Department signed a five year contract with Public Consulting Group (PCG) to perform the assessments.  They will be using the Supports Intensity Scale-Adult to perform assessments.  PCG began conducting assessments on July 1, 2021. They will be hiring and training staff and working with the Department on the implementation of the new process for assessments.  The Standardized Assessment Workgroup will now be reconvened to provide input on implementation.  The initial 500-700 assessments conducted by PCG will be used as information to help design the future payment model.  The current process for needs assessments will continue until a new payment model is designed

Level Analysis Presentation Plain Language

Level Analysis Presentation

Payment Reform Overview Analysis Presentation Plain Language

Payment Reform Overview Analysis Presentation

DDSD SIS A Supplemental Questions Final 2023

SIS A Respondent Handbook

Final Engagement Sessions November and December 2023

Memo SIS-A Assessment Cycle 2022

SIS-A 1st Edition Sample

SIS-A 2nd Edition Sample

SIS-A Plain Language

SIS A Second Edition

Information about the Supports Intensity Scale-Adult Version (SIS-A™) for Stakeholders

SIS-A Question and Answers, Townhall 5/25/2021

SIS Information for Providers 

Info about Needs Assessment Changes as of September 2022

Video: SIS-A 2nd Edition Summary Report Presentation 7-14-2023

Video: SIS-A Training for VT DS Providers 

Video: What is the SIS-A