Online CalWORKS Appraisal Tool (OCAT)

Assembly Bill (AB) 74 (Chapter 21, Statutes of 2013) implemented the use of a standard appraisal tool in order to assess strengths and identify barriers of clients in the CalWORKs program. As a result of this legislation, CDSS has developed and implemented the Online CalWORKs Appraisal Tool (OCAT) for use in all 58 counties.

The OCAT is a web based interview tool designed to equip CalWORKs caseworkers with an in-depth appraisal of client strengths and barriers to self-sufficiency. The tool gathers and provides information about the client on a variety of topics, including employment and educational history, housing stability, physical and behavioral health, and domestic abuse, in order to assist caseworkers in developing effective welfare-to-work plans.

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