Disability-Competent Care Self-Assessment Tool

Implementation Tool
October 2017

This resource is a Disability-Competent Care Self-Assessment Tool. It was developed to help health plans and health systems evaluate their own ability to meet the needs of adults with functional limitations and to identify opportunities for improvement.


  • Disability-competent care is participant-centered, provided by an interdisciplinary team, and focused on supporting maximum function. It is structured to respond to the participant’s physical and clinical needs while considering his or her emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual needs.
  • The aspirational model of disability-competent care depends on health care professionals sharing responsibility for the care plan as well as the health and well-being of the participant.
  • Three domains of success in this model are: Relational-Based Care Management, Highly Responsive Primary Care, and Comprehensive Long-Term Services and Supports.
  • This tool includes a variety of questions that can help health systems assess their capabilities in these three domains. The questions cover key elements such as eliminating medical and institutional bias, medication management, and transportation.
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