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Advancing use of Risk/Needs Assessment in Juvenile Probation

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $100,000)

OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Division Grants were established to provide grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance to organizations. This program is authorized by the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, Pub. L. 112-110.

This project is an application for funding under OJJDP's Demonstration Programs as part of a proposed partnership with the MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change (MfC) Initiative. The purpose of the demonstration project is to assist two juvenile probation agencies to improve their decision-making about youth processing in line with Risk-Need-Responsivity principles to reduce costs and reduce the chance of further delinquency. Two state probation agencies will be selected to implement an evidence-based risk/needs assessment (RNA) tool and the MAYSI-2, a well-validated mental health screening tool used widely in juvenile justice, along with a decision-making model for case planning that integrates information about mental health variables and risk for reoffending. The investigators will guide the agencies through the implementation process using a model tested in the MfC Initiative that includes assisting in the selection of an evidence-based RNA, developing policies, categorizing available service options, training staff, modifying existing case plans, and advancing agencies data management systems. Two experimental and two control sites will be selected in each state to conduct an evaluation using a quasi-experimental design to determine whether out-of-home placement and maximum levels of supervision are decreased, and whether services to high risk youth are increased, without jeopardizing public safety.

Date Created: September 6, 2011