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The Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory 2.0 (YLS/CMI 2.0) is an actuarial risk-needs assessment instrument with a norm sample of youth from across the U.S. and Canada and considerable evidence of its ability to predict recidivism. Our YLS/CMI Training covers adolescent development and offending trajectories, known dynamic and static risk factors, the risk-need-responsivity framework, how to conduct (including interviewing) and score the YLS/CMI, exercises for scoring specific domains, practice case scoring, and interpretation of YLS/CMI scores for case planning. Our training is followed by helping all attendees to achieve proficiency by completing practice case vignettes on their own, proceeded by feedback on their scoring and then another practice case until they are scoring within a standard error of measurement on most scales. NYSAP provides YLS/CMI certification to all attendees who achieve an acceptable level of proficiency and nominates potential master trainers based on their performance.
Based on a fundamental understanding of best practices around implementation, along with solid knowledge of the research on assessments; NYSAP offers additional training opportunities that support YLS/CMI implementation. These include policy and service matrix development, supervisor training, case planning, stakeholder engagement, and effective quality assurance strategies to increase sustainability around the use of the YLS/CMI.