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What to Expect at Your Assessment

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Before the interview begins, the SIS Assessor will explain the interview process. Please ask questions if you do not understand something. The SIS Assessor will follow a standard protocol and the NM SIS Assessment Checklist helps document this.

The SIS Assessor will make sure that you are ready to begin the interview. A detailed SIS interview usually takes about three or more hours to complete. The SIS Assessor will ask you about your activities at home and in the community, your friendships and relationships, and how much support you need to do these activities. During the interview you might be asked to imagine doing things you haven't done before. This is a chance to discover your potential and think about the goals you want to achieve.

The questions are easy to answer. They will be about home living, community living, lifelong learning, employment, health and safety, and your social life. For example, if you work, the SIS Assessor will ask:

  • How often do you need support?
  • How much support do you need?
  • What type of support do you need?

It is very important that you answer the questions honestly. Providing honest answers will help you get appropriate supports and services.

The SIS Assessor will put your answers on paper or on a computer. Others who attend also help answer questions.

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