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The National Youth Screening & Assessment Project (NYSAP) is a technical assistance and research center, dedicated to helping juvenile justice programs identify youths’ needs for behavioral health intervention and risk management. Located at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, we are supported in part by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
NYSAP has been working with juvenile justice programs nationwide since 2000, when we began providing technical assistance for use of NYSAP’s mental health screening tool, the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-Second Version (MAYSI-2).
Beginning in 2006, NYSAP’s activities were redesigned as we became one of the technical assistance centers funded by the MacArthur Foundation’s initiative, “Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice.”
In recent years, NYSAP has had six objectives:
- Nationwide and global support for users of the MAYSI-2 for mental health screening in juvenile justice programs;
- Assisting juvenile justice programs to select and successfully implement risk/needs and mental health screening and assessment tools;
- Development of risk/needs assessment strategies, offering ways to meet youths’ needs related to their delinquencies, reduce recidivism and increase public safety;
- Strategies and data analysis for quality assurance related to use of screening and assessment tools;
- Helping states reform their laws, practices and forensic evaluations regarding juveniles’ competence to stand trial; and
- Translational research that studies delinquent youths’ mental health and risk for re-offending, then promotes and evaluates the most effective use of tools in everyday juvenile justice practice to assess and change them.
Contact us to inquire about assistance from NYSAP on MAYSI-2, MAYSIWARE, and other youth mental health, risk and needs screening and assessment questions in juvenile justice programs.