Supports Intensity Scale (SIS)

The Community Living disABILITY Services (CLDS) program uses the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) to assess the support needs of CLDS clients.

In early 2014, CLDS completed a pilot of the Supports Intensity Scale  in the Westman region of the Province.  Based on the success of the pilot, the CLDS program has adopted the SIS as a standardized method of assessing the support needs of individuals across the Province receiving support from the CLDS program. The SIS involves a detailed interview conducted by certified SIS facilitators with the CLDS participant and other individuals (family, support staff, etc.) who know the person well. The SIS is designed to measure the level of supports that a person with an intellectual disability needs in order to successfully participate in areas such as home living, community living, lifelong learning, employment, health and safety, and social activities.

Currently, one other province uses the SIS and the tool is used extensively throughout the United States and internationally as well. The SIS tool will help ensure that individuals in CLDS are receiving the appropriate level of support in conjunction with their needs. The SIS tool will also contribute to a CLDS service delivery system that is fair, equitable, consistent and sustainable for future generations of Manitobans with intellectual disabilities. The SIS Fact Sheet provides additional information on the SIS tool and frequently asked questions.

To learn more about the Support Intensity Scale tool you can visit the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities website at: