Engaging adolescents in evidence-based screening for behavioral health needs at system-contact has become standard practice nationwide. System-contact includes a diverse array of settings including: diversion programs, juvenile probation, juvenile detention, and residential placements (e.g., non-secure and secure programs). Identifying young person’s behavioral health needs—mental health, substance use, trauma symptoms and related problems, and suicide ideation—is important at initial system contact. Behavioral health screening is the first step for identifying those adolescents who need immediate attention and further assessment for behavioral health needs.
NYSAP has the experience and expertise to assist you in selecting and putting in place behavioral health screening and assessment tools in juvenile diversion, probation, detention, and residential programs. We’ve been consulted by juvenile justice programs throughout the U.S. for 20 years. We know how to help you decide what’s best for you and the young people you work with. In addition, we have developed the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-Second Version (MAYSI-2), currently the most widely-used behavioral health screening tool in juvenile justice programs nationwide. Here are some of the types of consultation and training we offer.
NYSAP offers consultation on the full range of mental health, substance use, and trauma-related screening tools designed for juvenile justice settings. The cost for our consultation services varies depending on the stage of development in your behavioral health screening efforts. We can adjust our services according to your needs and resources.
NYSAP offers training for diversion, probation, detention and residential placement staff (i.e., non-secure and secure) to teach them to administer, score and appropriately use various behavioral health screening tools. Training is also available to inform other system stakeholders to support implementation and sustainability of the behavioral health screening process. Trainings are available on-site or using remote (i.e., virtual) platforms. For a complete list of trainings, please check our training page.
NYSAP professionals have developed and published guides and standards related to behavioral health screening in juvenile justice. Click on the following to review them or their availability.
Tom Grisso, Ph.D. & Richard Barnum, M.D.
Amy Wevodau, Ph.D., Keith Cruise, Ph.D., M.L.S., & Thomas Grisso, Ph.D.
Amy Wevodau, Ph.D.
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice