The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the American Association for Community Psychiatry (AACP) are pleased to announce their renewed partnership. Together, we will focus on providing solutions for healthcare providers, payers, and agencies seeking evidence-based, professionally-developed tools for determining the appropriate level of service intensity needed for children and adolescents and their families.

AACAP and AACP have unified the Child and Adolescent Level of Care Utilization System (CALOCUS) and the Child and Adolescent Service Intensity Instrument (CASII) into a single instrument, the Child and Adolescent Level of Care/Service Intensity Utilization System (CALOCUS-CASII) for ages 6-18.  Moving forward, AACP and AACAP will continue development, improvement, and joint distribution of CALOCUS-CASII and its associated training materials, as well as - in the future - other service intensity assessment tools and trainings, with the goal of delineating and continually improving the evidence-based standard for assessment of service intensity needs by providers and payers.

The CALOCUS-CASII is a standardized assessment tool that provides determination of the appropriate intensity of services needed by a child or adolescent and their family, and guides provision of ongoing service planning and treatment outcome monitoring in all clinical and community-based settings.  Training in utilization of the CALOCUS-CASII is scheduled to be available both in person and online.

The CALOCUS-CASII will also be part of the “Level of Care Utilization System (LOCUS) Family of Instruments” lifespan suite which will include the Level of Care Utilization System (LOCUS) for those over 18 as well as the Early Childhood Service Intensity Instrument (ECSII) for those 0-5 years of age.

Current CALOCUS and CASII Users

Though the new CALOCUS-CASII has harmonized descriptive language within the tools to merge the two instruments into one, the dimensions, service intensity levels, scoring, and scoring algorithm are fundamentally unchanged.

Current users of the CASII and the CASII on-line training can continue to use the existing materials, pending the release of the new tool and the updated online training that incorporate the new language.

Current users of the CALOCUS, including the Deerfield online platforms and scoring algorithms, may continue to use those materials as well, pending the release of the new tool and updated online materials that incorporate the new language.

Contact Information

For more information or questions regarding current and future training of the LOCUS, CALOCUS-CASII, or the ECSII, please contact the corresponding office below:

Level of Care Utilization System (LOCUS)
Copyright American Association for Community Psychiatry (AACP)
projectcoordinator@communitypsychiatry.org

Child and Adolescent Level of Care/Service Intensity Utilization System (CALOCUS-CASII)
Copyright American Association for Community Psychiatry (AACP) and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
clinical@aacap.org
202-587-9671

Early Childhood Service Intensity Instrument (ECSII)
Copyright American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
clinical@aacap.org
202-587-9671


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