Food banks have different internal rules on how many times their client can visit in a month, a year, or a certain amount of days.
This article covers the following topics:
- Explanation of the Visit Frequency feature
- How to enable the Visit Frequency feature
- Functionality with Network Security settings
Explanation of the Visit Frequency feature
The Visit Frequency feature allows organizations to set eligibility on how many visits a client can have from one program during a certain period of time.
Organizations can specify which program(s) at which agency should have eligibility set by that program and if they want it to be enforced. This can be applied to any client-specific (non-bulk) program by restricting the program to only allow a certain number of visits within a certain number of:
- Calendar Weeks(s)
- Calendar Month(s)
- Calendar Year(s)
If a client has already visited the max number of times during the eligibility period, the green Eligible badge will turn into an orange Ineligible badge.
The user can still click on the program button. The pop-up on the left will appear notifying the user that the client is outside of their visit allotment
Organizations can decide to let the user record the visit anyway or they can request to have the Continue button removed to enforce the restriction.
This feature can only be enabled for non-commodity (not related to income guidelines) programs and generic programs.
How to enable the Visit Frequency feature
Follow these steps to enable this feature:
- Navigate to Administration on the left-hand side of the screen.
- Select Program Settings (either Network or Agency, depending on what is needed).
- Click on the orange edit icon next to the program you want to set up the visit frequency for.
- Click on the Visit Options section
- Check off the Visit Frequency button.
- Determine how many visits can occur during the designated time increment.
- Check on the box Enforce Visit Frequency if this is required.
If you are using the Visit Frequency Feature Same Day appointments ARE blocked.
If you are not using the Visit Frequency Feature Same Day appointments are NOT blocked.
Important: When a Network sets up visit frequencies it is important to note that if an Agency changes the visit frequency at the agency level, the system will use the agency settings for that particular agency and override the network settings. If you are setting up visit frequencies that are to be applied to ALL agencies across the Network, the Agency must not add their own visit frequency.
Functionality with Network Security settings
Something to be aware of is that semi-restricted networks can create some issues in what users will see.
For example: In the case of a general user in a semi-restricted network, the user will not be able to see the visit or where it was recorded, but they will see that the client is ineligible. This is important to note as this can cause confusion for users as they will not have the same visibility as a Network Administrator.
Network Security settings are typically set up when a Network is created for more details on Network Security Settings please click here.
Note specific to visit frequency in the Christmas Program: As this program type is set to auto-adjust to reflect a yearly frequency when it is modified to a monthly or daily frequency and "saved" the frequency field reverts to yearly, which may give the impression that the new monthly/daily setting has not been saved; the settings have been saved and can be confirmed by scrolling down to the bottom of the program settings and reviewing the change history, the system is just resetting the default setting put in place to ensure that the settings default to yearly for individuals first setting up the program.