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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.”

*** New Funding Opportunity -- Application Deadline Extended! ***

October 23, 2014

The Risk Assessment and Behavioral health Screening (RABS) Project

A new program funded jointly by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has just been announced. Two probation offices in each of two states will be selected to receive funding for a coordinator, get free training and technical assistance, and provided financial resources related to implementing evidence-based risk assessment and screening tools. The National Youth Screening & Assessment Project (NYSAP) in the Systems & Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) will provide the training and technical assistance. Participating sites will receive technical assistance for up to 18 months that will involve, training and implementation of the MAYSI-2 mental health screen, a substance abuse screen, and an empirically validated tool to assess risk for future delinquency. Click on the following links for further press release details, the request for applications, and to download the application form.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST, on Thursday , October 30, 2014.

*** New Juvenile Justice Publications ***

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
RA in JJ
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.
Developing Statutes

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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.

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