STEPIMS User Manual (Housing Staff)

STEPIMS USER GUIDE
for
Department of Housing Employees
STEPIMS User Guide (last updated April 2014) v0.1
Support and Tenant Education (STEP)
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................................. 3
What is STEPIMS? ............................................................................................................ 3
Purpose ............................................................................................................................. 3
Access Levels ................................................................................................................... 3
CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION............................................................................... 3
LOGGING ON TO STEPIMS ................................................................................................ 4
PRODUCTION TRAINING AND TEST DATABASES ........................................................ 4
Log On Screen .................................................................................................................. 5
Notifications Screen........................................................................................................... 5
LANDING PAGE ................................................................................................................... 6
Display Information – Agency, Database and User Details ................................................ 6
General Navigation ............................................................................................................ 7
CASE SEARCH .................................................................................................................... 8
General Navigation ............................................................................................................ 8
Search Results .................................................................................................................. 8
CASE SCREEN .................................................................................................................... 9
Top Bar ............................................................................................................................. 9
Grey Bar ............................................................................................................................ 9
Referral Details.................................................................................................................. 9
Matrix Template............................................................................................................... 10
LOG – COMMENTS............................................................................................................ 11
REFERRAL OUTCOME ...................................................................................................... 13
PROGRAM - ASSESSMENT: ............................................................................................. 14
Program Length............................................................................................................... 17
PROGRAM –REVIEW: ....................................................................................................... 18
PROGRAM – EXIT: ............................................................................................................ 20
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INTRODUCTION
What is STEPIMS?
The Support and Tenant Education Program Information Management System (STEPIMS) is
an electronic case management system for STEP Providers to record the details of STEP
cases.
By recording cases in STEPIMS a significant proportion of reporting requirements will be
automatically met, reducing the need for regular manual collection of data such as wait list
numbers and numbers of cases per region etc.
STEPIMS is a web based system and can be accessed using your web browser.
STEPIMS is optimised for Windows PCs using Internet Explorer 9 but will operate on other
browsers, Apple Mac systems, tablets and smartphones. Whilst tablets and smart phones
can also be used to operate STEPIMS, the system has not been optimised for small
screens.
Purpose
The purpose of this User Guide and supporting learning exercises are to provide Department
of Housing staff with the knowledge and skills to do the following in STEPIMS:
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Search for and find cases
Access Levels
The two different levels of access to STEPIMS available for most Housing staff are:
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Housing Officer – read access only with no ability to update records
Housing Manager – same as Housing Officer but with the ability to access
reports and an upcoming ability to manage user accounts.
CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION
There is no legislative right to privacy in Western Australia and the Housing Act 1980 does
not create a duty of confidentiality between the Department of Housing and a customer. The
Department, however, believes that it has a corporate responsibility to maintain the privacy
and confidentiality of the tenants; hence the department follows the National Privacy
Principles administered by the Office of The Australian Information Commissioner.
On this basis, STEP clients are required to provide written consent to have their information
shared. This is to assure STEP clients that their personal information is used only for the
purposes of providing relevant assistance in STEPIMS.
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LOGGING ON TO STEPIMS
Access to the STEPIMS is provided by the Department of Housing. New users will need to
have their manager complete the Computer Access Form which is available on iNhouse
under “All Forms”.
If you already have STEPIMS access but you require changes to your current user profile
i.e. you have changed your position or require access to other regions then please contact
the STEPIMS administrator at step@housing.wa.gov.au.
PRODUCTION TRAINING AND TEST DATABASES
STEPIMS has three main databases which can be accessed by STEPIMS users.
1. STEPIMS PRODUCTION is the live system used for real cases. Do not use this
database for training and demonstration. STEPIMS PRODUCTION is accessed by
typing ‘stepims’ into the web browser when using the Department of Housing network
(including Citrix). It is also accessible externally (e.g. from iPads) by using the following
link: https://stepims.housing.wa.gov.au/default.aspx
2. STEPIMS TRAINING is used for training and demonstration purposes. Do not use this
database for entering real client names and details. STEPIMS Training is accessed by
typing ‘trainingstepims’ into the web browser when using the Department of Housing
network (including Citrix). It is also accessible externally (e.g. from iPads) by using the
following link: http://trainingstepims.housing.wa.gov.au
3. STEPIMS TEST is used for testing purposes such as testing new features that are under
development. Housing staff do not need to access this database unless asked to test a
new feature. Do not use this database for entering real client names and details.
STEPIMS Test is accessed by typing ‘teststep’ into the web browser when using the
Department of Housing network (including Citrix). It is also accessible externally (e.g.
from iPads) by using the following link: http://teststepims.housing.wa.gov.au
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Log On Screen
When you access any of the above databases externally (i.e. from your iPad), the following
screen will display:
Select ‘this is a private computer’ and then enter your Department of Housing User ID and
Password and click on the Log On button.
Notifications Screen
The Notifications screen will then be displayed.
If you are logging on whilst using the Dept. of Housing network you will be taken straight to
the Notifications screen. This screen contains information about upcoming system
maintenance and an acknowledgement and reminder screen about client confidentiality and
password security.
Click on the ‘I Agree to the Above’ button to proceed into the landing page:
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LANDING PAGE
Display Information – Agency, Database and User Details
In the top left area of the screen under the Menu label there is a drop down icon
that
allows you to choose the STEP Provider name. You will be able to view all the STEP
providers but you will only be able to view cases from offices mapped against your user
profile. You will need to contact the STEPIMS administrator if you need other offices
mapped to your profile.
The middle area of the blue banner at the top of the screen will indicate which database you
have logged into. If you are in the PRODUCTION database nothing is displayed in the
banner. If you are in the TRAINING database the word TRAINING will be displayed, and if
you are in the TEST database the word TEST will be displayed in the blue banner.
The top right area of the blue banner shows:
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Your Log On ID
Your name
Your access level
A Log Out button
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General Navigation
In the top left hand corner of your screen, you will see the Menu displayed.
The above screen shot shows the menu if you have Housing Manager Access.
If your access level is Housing Officer you will only be able to see Case Search.
The options are:
Menu Option
Case Search
Details
Allows the user to search for cases that meet inputted search
criteria such as case status, cases managed by a specific worker
etc.
From the search results, users can go to the details of a case
and update the record (e.g. record home visits, review meetings
etc.)
Users will only see cases for their allocated office.
Agency Management
Visible to Housing Managers but only Administrators can edit
details
User Management
Visible to Housing Managers. Currently only Administrators
should edit details of users and disable user accounts. Housing
Managers will be given procedures for updating user accounts
for their team members in a future update.
Reports
Housing Managers will see this menu option. There are a
number of reports under development which will be released at a
future date.
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CASE SEARCH
General Navigation
The Case Search menu option allows you to search for cases, and from there you can then
go directly from the search results area into the client details screen.
To search, you can enter details such as the client name, case worker name or tenancy
account number and then click on the Search button in the top right hand corner of the
screen.
Hint: The Reset button removes any existing search criteria so you can start again.
Search Results
The search results are displayed in the Search Results section and are listed in Case Status
order (from Referrals to Waitlisted Cases to Open Cases to Closed Cases). To view a
particular case, click on the ‘Case #’ to go to the details screen for that case.
Information on the case details screen is covered in a later section of this manual.
On the bottom blue banner, the number on the left corner of the screen indicates the page
number (clickable links) if there are more than 16 records. The number on the right corner of
the screen indicates the total number of cases that met the search criteria.
Note: Only the first 80 records will be returned, if the case you are looking for is not
displayed you will need to refine your search criteria.
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CASE SCREEN
Top Bar
The area under the top blue banner will look like this:
Grey Bar
The grey bar also contains four fields:
Field
Case Status
Details
This field shows the status of the case.
Case ID
This is a unique number allocated to each case.
Last Updated By
This displays the name of the user who last updated the record.
Last Updated
This displays the date and time the record was last saved.
Referral Details
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The STEPIMS referral page closely follows the paper based referral form used by the
Department of Housing.
There are two key differences near the top half of the screen.
The first difference is the recording of the Agency Case # against the referral. This is the
case/client ID used by your STEP Provider.
The second major difference is STEPIMS uses two fields to capture household details,
whereas the paper form has a ‘grid’ for each household member after the main tenant, with
fields for gender, date of birth, Indigenous Status and CALD (cultural and linguistically
diverse) status.
In STEPIMS, users record the ‘Family Type’ by selecting a value from the provided list:
The ‘Household Details’ field allows users to record additional details e.g., “Jenny is a single
parent with 3 children aged 16 (Pete), 12 (Chloe), and 9 (Darryn).”
Matrix Template
The Matrix Template displays if the ‘Referral Type’ is ‘Existing Tenant’. For Public Housing,
the Matrix is not implemented as yet.
At this stage, there is not a corresponding measurement framework for referrals for housing
waitlist applicants or for new tenants (prevention/education cases). These will be developed
over time and implemented in STEPIMS.
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LOG – COMMENTS
At any time after the referral is saved, it is possible for the STEP Provider to log actions and
record a comment against the action in the ‘Log – Comments’ section below the Referral
Outcome Area.
Note: a limited number of Logs can be seen at a time – to view other logs use the scroll bar
on the right or click on the page numbers on the bottom left as highlighted in the screenshot.
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The types of actions that can be logged are:
Option
Details
Referral
Actions in the Referral phase that do not involve direct contact with
the client. E.g. phone calls to the Department of Housing to clarify
information in the referral.
Referral - Not
Accepted
Actions related to the decision not to accept a referral, such as phone
calls or meetings with the Department of Housing.
Phone Contact
Phone contact with the client. Phone calls to other parties should be
captured either under other Action types (such as Referral or
General).
Phone Contact Missed
An unsuccessful attempt to contact the client by phone.
Home Visit
A visit to the client’s home where the client was present.
Home Visit Missed
A visit to the client’s home where they were not present. Record in
the free text field if it was a planned or unplanned visit.
Office Appointment
Where the client has come to see the worker for an office session.
Office Appointment
- Missed
Where the client missed a scheduled office appointment. Record in
the free text field if the client made contact advising they were unable
to make the appointment.
Joint Visit
This option is used when taking the client to another agency e.g.
Centrelink; Financial Counsellor or when another officer is
accompanying the case worker
Joint Visit - Missed
This option is used to record when the client did not attend the joint
visit
Assessment
Actions in the Referral phase that do not involve direct contact with
the client. E.g. phone calls to the Department of Housing to clarify
information in the referral, or to ascertain alternative contact numbers.
Matrix Review
DO NOT USE – a comments field is available in the Review area.
Closure
For actions leading up to the closure of the case that do not involve
direct contact with the client, e.g. phone calls/case discussions with
the Department of Housing.
General
All other actions.
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REFERRAL OUTCOME
The last part of the referral section of the screen is the Referral Outcome area:
This is where the outcome of the Referral is recorded. The ‘Referral Outcome’ field has a list
of values:
Referral Outcome
Accepted for
Assessment
Details
Where the STEP Provider has decided to progress onto meeting with
the client to explain STEP further and move towards developing an
action plan.
NOT Accepted
Where the STEP Provider has decided in conjunction with the
Department of Housing that the referral will not be accepted (e.g. if the
client has a familial relationship with the only STEP worker in a remote
area).
Waitlist for
Assessment
Where the STEP Provider has decided to place the referral on a
waiting list for Assessment.
Withdrew by
Client
Where client advises the Department of Housing that they no longer
want the STEP referral to proceed (before the STEP Provider has
reviewed the Referral and made a decision).
Withdrew by
Department of
Housing
Where the Department of Housing withdraws the referral before the
STEP provider has reviewed the referral and made a decision (e.g. if
the Department advises the tenant has abandoned the property)
The ‘Referral Outcome Comments’ field is a long free text field for the Agency to record the
reason why a referral was not accepted, or any particular notes of interest relating to the
referral, e.g. ‘Accepted for Assessment which is expected to commence within seven days.’
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PROGRAM - ASSESSMENT:
The purpose of the Program Assessment section is to record whether the case has been
accepted or not following contact between the STEP provider and the client. See the
screenshot below (note, the MATRIX GOALS are only present if the referral type is for an
existing tenant):
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The possible assessment outcomes are:
Code
Definition
Case Accepted - Waitlisted
The STEP provider and client have agreed to work
together, but there is a waiting list.
Case Accepted - Open
The STEP provider and client have agreed to work
together and will be commencing the program in the
near future.
Client Not Amenable – Did not wish
to participate in assessment
The STEP provider met with the client, but they did
not want to participate in the program.
Client Not Amenable – Declined to
meet
The STEP Provider was unable to meet with the
client.
Client Not Amenable – Changed
mind
The client has changed their mind about participating
in STEP.
Case Not Accepted – Agency
unable to assist – needs too
complex
Where the issues are beyond the scope of STEP.
Providers should discuss the case with the
Department of Housing prior to discuss alternative
options before making this decision.
Case Not Accepted – Negative
prior history with STEP Provider
Where the Provider has previously worked with the
client and there are reasons why accepting the case
would be problematic.
The Agency did not accept the case due to
safety/violence concerns. Providers should contact
the Department of Housing to discuss alternative
options, prior to making this decision.
Case Not Accepted –
Safety/Violence
Assessment Not Required –
Vacated prior to assessment
The client has vacated the property prior to agreeing
to commence STEP with the Provider.
Assessment Not Required –
Referred to another agency
The client has been referred to another agency – this
could be for a number of reasons such as the client
requiring specialised services.
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If the outcome is ‘Case Accepted – Open’ and the referral is for an existing tenant, the Matrix
Goals should also be recorded (Note: AHS tenants only at this stage).
Upon saving the Assessment Outcome as ‘Case Accepted – Open’, the screen will refresh
to show the following:
Definitions for the first four fields:
Field
Details
Agency Case Worker
Name of the STEP worker assigned to work with the client.
Program Accepted Date
Date client is accepted onto STEP – (note this field currently
duplicates the function of the ‘Initial Assessment Date’ and
its usage will be reviewed in a future release).
Program Start Date
Date client commences on STEP. This is usually the same
day as the ‘Program Accepted Date’.
First Review Date
Date when the Action Plan (and Matrix) will be formally
reviewed with the client. Suggested timeframe is six weeks.
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Program Length
The STEP Provider may record the expected length of the program; the screen will show the
expected end date.
Definitions:
Field
Decision Date
Details
Date the expected program length was determined. The first
entry is likely to be the same date as the date you recorded
for the ‘Program Accepted Date’ field.
Expected Weeks in
Program
Number of weeks the client has agreed to be on STEP.
Expected End Date
This is generated automatically based on the information
recorded in the first two fields.
Outcome/Reason Notes
Details about the length of involvement.
History of Changes
Use this drop down to show any changes to the row of
information.
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PROGRAM – REVIEW:
This section appears for existing tenant referrals only, and is used to capture progress of the
tenant at key points of the support program. For a new case, the field will initially be blank:
When the Matrix Review has been completed the STEP Provider will input current Matrix
score results and also assign goals.
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Definitions:
Field
Review History
Details
Used to view previously recorded instances of reviewing the
tenant’s progress.
Review Date
Date the Review was reapplied. The first time should line up
roughly with the ‘First Review Date’ recorded when the case
was commenced.
Next Review Date
Date the Review will be reviewed again with the tenant (e.g.
in six weeks).
Matrix
Record of scores for the last Review will display.
Goals
The previously set goals are displayed. Goals that have
been met will have a green tick
next to them. Goals that
have not been met will have a red tick
next to them.
Total Score
The Review score and target Goal scores.
Review Comments
Free text field to record any additional information.
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PROGRAM – EXIT:
Clients may exit the program at any time and for various reasons. Not all of them may
complete the program.
Definitions
Field
Exit Date
Details
Date case is exited
Exit Reason
Reason STEP is no longer involved. See next table for a list
of the codes.
Program Outcome
Four options are available:
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•
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Exit Comments
Successful
Partially Successful
Not Successful
Early or Unexpected Exit
Free text field to record any additional information.
Options for Exit Reasons include:
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•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Completed Program
Not Engaging
Non-Compliant
Tenant Withdrew
Evicted
Transferred to Another Reason
Vacated
Deceased
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Hospitalised
Incarcerated
Medical
Referred to Alternative Program/Agency
STEP Provider Withdrew Support
Safety Concerns by STEP Provider
Dept. of Housing Withdrew Referral
No Other Appropriate Support in the Area
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