The Moss-PAS (ID) (previously called Mini PAS-ADD) provides a wide-spectrum mental health assessment primarily designed for people with intellectual disabilities who have limited language or reduced cognitive development. Fully compliant with DSM-5 and ICD-11, it is not a screening tool, but is a sophisticated assessment that uses a glossary of symptom definitions to guide the coding.
Threshold scores are provided for each of seven diagnostic areas. Precise definitions of symptom severities give a high level of reliability, making it an excellent choice for measuring change, for example in response to treatment. The Moss-PAS (ID) can be used to collect symptom information directly from an informant via a semi-structured interview procedure, or can be completed by trained staff members on the basis of knowledge already possessed about the individual. The score form enables two different clinical episodes to be rated on the same form, in order to assess significant change or fluctuating mood disorder.
Fully compliant with DSM-5 and ICD-11, the Moss-PAS (ID) covers:
1. Depressive episode
2. Anxiety disorders
3. Manic episode
4. Obsessive compulsive disorder
6. Unspecified disorder (mostly dementia and other organic problems in the author’s field-trial sample)
Threshold scores are provided for each of the above seven diagnostic areas. Moss-PAS (ID) is at its most effective when used as part of a comprehensive case review and formulation.
Five interview Score Forms are included in the assessment manual. Order more Moss-PAS (ID) Interview Score Forms here
The Moss Psychiatric Assessment Schedules
The Moss Psychiatric Assessment Schedules (MPAS) are the successors to the well known PASADD system. The original Psychiatric Assessment Schedule for Adults with Developmental Disabilities was developed to provide improved patient interviewing for adults with intellectual disability, and over the years the name became synonymous with mental health assessment in people with intellectual disability. Since those early days, the author has continued to develop new assessments, and to train several thousand people in their use round the world. The insight and feedback from these users has enabled ongoing refinement of the questions, and improvements in the descriptions of symptoms in various levels of severity. The result of this 30 years of development is a set of assessments of unparalleled quality and ease of use. The series now includes versions for adults and children, both with intellectual disability, and of normal developmental level. Coming soon will be an expert interview designed specifically for forensic use.
For full information about validity and reliability, together with sample pages to view or a digital version of this Moss-PAS assessment tool please visit www.moss-pas.com.
Intellectual disability and mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, learning disability nurses, occupational therapists) and experienced support staff working in services for people with intellectual disabilities.
Publication Date: November 2016
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