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. We provide training and implementation technical assistance services to agencies and programs in the areas of risk screening and risk-needs assessment, behavioral health screening (including traumatic events and symptoms), and juveniles’ competence to stand trial evaluations. We also provide many other trainings for various stakeholder groups.
NYSAP assists juvenile justice systems to make decisions about adolescents that are consistent with youths’ health and positive development and with the community’s interests. We do this by helping systems use reliable, evidence-based methods for screening and assessment. We focus on various decision points in the juvenile justice process—diversion, detention, probation and case management, and judicial decisions.
To accomplish this, we use sound research-based methods to assist juvenile justice systems to:
NYSAP also performs research of two types:
Contact us to inquire about assistance or training from NYSAP on risk and needs screening and assessment, the MAYSI-2, or other screening and assessment needs in juvenile justice programs.