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Risk Screening & Risk/Needs Assessment

Assessing the risk of reoffending and intervention needs of youth is considered best practice within certain settings of juvenile justice. NYSAP has the experience and expertise to assist you in implementing a risk assessment system that meets the needs of your juvenile justice agency and jurisdiction. The cost for our consultation services will vary depending on where your agency is in the process of implementing a risk assessment system.

We can provide training workshops on the following tools:

We offer consultation on the implementation process for any evidenced-based risk assessment tools, whether your agency is interested in adopting a risk assessment tool for the first time or attempting to improve its existing risk assessment practices. We review the latest research on the validity of risk assessment tools in order to recommend those with the strongest science base.

Gina APLS video

Gina Vincent describes her research on juvenile
offenders and provides an example of NYSAP's
risk assessment technical assistance.

Our risk assessment consultation services can help you with:

For more information about our risk assessment consultation services please contact us at, or complete this request form. You will receive a response within one to two business days.

*** Free Arrest Screening Tool Available ***


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 online request form (note: this form only works with Firefox and Chrome web browsers). If you are using Internet Explorer, please download this request form and email it to

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.

Recent presentations:





Check out this Risk Assessment publication:


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.

Video: Screening & Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice Systems


Screening and Assessment in the Juvenile Justice Systems: Identifying Mental Health Needs and Risk of Reoffending (2012)
by Gina M. Vincent, Ph.D.

This presentation was made possible through generous support of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Models for Change. Presented by the Center for Safe Schools.


Risk Assessment Briefs:

RA to Reduce Recidivism

Innovation Brief: Using Risk Assessment to Meet
Needs and Reduce Recidivism (2012)
by Gina M. Vincent, Ph.D. & Laura S. Guy, Ph.D.

Can Risk Assessment

Knowledge Brief: Can Risk Assessment Improve Juvenile Justice Practices? (2011)
by the Models for Change Research Initiative


Click on the link below to see some of the research our NYSAP team has conducted in the field of risk/needs assessment in juvenile justice systems.

Risk/Needs Assessment related publications