What is the WITS/GAIN Interface?
The WITS/GAIN (Global Appraisal of Individual Needs) interface is unique to Idaho. The interface allows identified providers to access GAIN Assessment tools through the Idaho WITS system. All Network Providers, defined as a treatment provider who has been approved by the Department and is contracted with the Department’s Management Services Contractor, are required to use the GAIN common assessment.
Contact the GAIN ABS Support Team if you have any questions or would like to attend GAIN ABS user training via LiveMeeting. Trainings are held every 1st Wednesday of each month at 8 AM (MST) / 7 AM (PST) and every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 12 PM (MST) / 11 AM (PST).
GAIN ABS Support Team: 309-451-7777, ABSsupport@chestnut.org
GAIN Site Interviewer Training/Editing Tips
Access to Idaho WITS and GAIN ABS
GAIN Cultural Sensitivity Resources
In 2010 the GAIN Coordinating Center held a Cultural Sensitivity Summit and invited clinicians and researchers to explore ways to enhance Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and Evidence-Based Assessments (EBA) to make them more culturally sensitive and relevant to the populations we serve. There was a series of articles released in Counselor Magazine related to the summit. The list of articles listed here are specific to use of GAIN.
Please note the group collectively agreed that when appropriate additional items could be added to tools that would enhance cultural relevance and some items could be changed to be more sensitive as in the case of LGBTQI populations. However, the impetus is on the clinician to take the information collected from the EBA and take into account cultural explanations where appropriate. The bottom line, most any EBP/EBA is only as culturally sensitive as the person who administers the intervention and interprets the results. For additional information on Cultural Sensitivity with the GAIN, please view the GAIN CC website.