"The RAPID Program is our response to the need for quality mental health evaluations for children entering foster care in Multnomah and Washington counties. This enhanced mental health assessment aims to accomplish several things: (a) screen for behavioral, emotional, social, and developmental issues that youth in foster care are at high risk for, (b) gather preliminary data that may be helpful in understanding youth and/or accessing and planning services, and (c) provide initial steps for caseworkers that go beyond mental health treatment.
The acronym RAPID itself stands for Relational health, Academic skills, Psychological functioning, Intellectual capability, and Developmental status, reflecting the expanded view of screening practices. The RAPID name also ties into the quick turnaround time for these evaluations. They are completed within a youth"s first 60 days of enrollment in OHP, post-entry into foster care. A RAPID evaluation meets the state of Oregon requirement for an initial mental health assessment for all youth ages one year and older entering DHS custody. An up-to-date overview of the process is provided in this handout: RAPID Program Handout"