The Social Condition Matrix system is an assessment tool to measure the condition and functioning of client families. The strength-based system, based on advocate or case manager observation, tracks a family’s status in 12 functional areas over time.
Income & Budget • Employment • Housing • Food/Nutrition
Health Care • Transportation • Adult Education • Family Relations
Community Involvement • Child Care • Condition of Children • Alcohol/Drugs
By evaluating families holistically, rather than only their negative or problem areas, case planning can build upon family strengths which improves long term outcomes.
The Social Condition Matrix is designed for both front-line and administrative staff.
Advocates are able to easily document changes over time in each client family and Program Managers are able to easily supervise the program’s total caseload.
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