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The National Youth Screening & Assessment Partners (NYSAP) is a technical assistance and research group, dedicated to helping juvenile justice programs identify youths’ needs for behavioral health intervention and risk management.

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).

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The Massachusetts Arrest Screening Tool for Law Enforcement (MASTLE) is an objective screening tool validated in Massachusetts jurisdictions that assesses the likelihood a youth taken into police custody for a criminal offense will be arrested again or will fail to appear for arraignment. This information will allow police supervisors and commanders to make appropriate pre-processing decisions based on the presence of youths’ risk factors; such as, whether to hold youth in pre-arraignment detention at the police station or to divert youth away from formal arrest. For more information on this screening tool, please download our MASTLE Brief and MASTLE Executive Summary. If you would like to receive a free copy of this screening tool along with the user's manual, please complete our request form.

Click here if you wish to request training on the MASTLE or technical assistance for implementing this screening tool. Costs will vary based on needs.

NYSAP has six objectives:

  • Nationwide and global support for users of the MAYSI-2 for mental health, substance use, and trauma 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.

*** Juvenile Justice Publications ***

Trauma in Dual Status Youth: Putting Things in Perspective (2015)
by Thomas Grisso, Ph.D., and Gina M. Vincent, Ph.D.
Screening and Assessment for Suicide Prevention: Tools and Procedures for Risk Identification among Juvenile Justice Youth (2013)
by the Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention


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How to Get the Most Out of Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice (2013)
by Gina M. Vincent, Ph.D., and Laura S. Guy, Ph.D.
Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: A Guidebook for Implementation (2012)
by Gina M. Vincent, Ph.D., Laura S. Guy, Ph.D., and Thomas Grisso, Ph.D.


Juvenile Diversion Guidebook (2011)
by the Models for Change Juvenile Diversion Workgroup

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