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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 and how many of our services the agency would like to obtain.

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

Our risk assessment consultation services can help you with:

  • Working to obtain stakeholder (e.g., judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, service agencies) and staff buy-in, such as advising on strategies for training and dissemination of information about risk assessment.
  • Selecting the best risk assessment instrument for your agency and jurisdiction, and customizing its use in your agency if needed (e.g., assistance with developing an interview script if needed).
  • Preparing policies and essential documents (e.g., case plan, disposition recommendations forms, service matrix) that outline how information about risk level and risk-related needs can be incorporated routinely into agency decision-making. This includes training for staff and supervisors on decision-making.
  • Training for staff on certain risk assessment instruments (e.g., the YLS/CMI, the SAVRY), or facilitating training from another agency on a different risk assessment instrument.
  • Training staff on case planning.
  • Pilot testing of the risk-needs instrument and policies with written recommendations based on the results.
  • Recommended data system modifications.
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.