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An Analysis of Readiness in System of Care Communities

“Based on these analyses, the authors developed the Community Readiness Assessment Scale (CRAS), composed of 109 statements generated in the first study. These items are to be rated on a five-point scale, ranging from “least ready” to “most ready.” This statistically-based assessment strategy allows a large number of community stakeholders to quickly rate their own readiness to develop a system of care. Once the community stakeholders assess their readiness, the resulting information of their strengths and weaknesses should provide direction for their implementation efforts. A follow-up rating after 10-12 months, using the same rating scale would reflect their progress in addressing areas of weakness.”