Within the first seven (7) days after admission, the assigned therapist conducts a comprehensive psycho-social interview with each client.  Information from this interview is utilized to develop an Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) that lists objectives to be completed in order to achieve each goal.  Also within the first seven days after admission, the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI) is administered to CRC residents.

 

Below are brief descriptions of assessment instruments COYC utilizes in the CRC program.  Therapists determine if additional assessments are necessary based on information obtained from the psycho-social interview and results MAYSI.

 

Adolescent Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI-A2) – A screening tool that has proven to be effective even with individuals who are unable or unwilling to acknowledge relevant behaviors.  This assessment screens for both substance abuse and substance dependence.

 

Jessness Inventory Revised (JI-R) – Provides valuable information about functioning across a variety of different areas.  It has 11 personality subtype scales that measure key traits and attitudes including social maladjustment, manifest aggression, value orientation, withdrawal-depression, immaturity, social anxiety, under socialized/passive, conformist, group-oriented, pragmatist, autonomy-oriented, introspective, inhibited, and adaptive.  The JI-R provides subtype evaluations in areas that help clinicians understand the individual being assessed and leads to specific suggestions regarding treatment and risk.

 

Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI) – A screening tool for use in the juvenile justice system to identify signs of mental/emotional disturbance or distress including risk for suicide and traumatic experiences that may be impacting the youth’s behavior.  This assessment assists clinicians in developing a course of treatment for individual therapy.

 

Ohio Youth Assessment System (OYAS) – A standardized risk/needs assessment utilized to evaluate risk and criminogenic needs as well as barriers to treatment for each youth.  The tool assesses eight domains including criminal history, family, education/employment, mental health/personality, pro-social skills, substance abuse, peers, and antisocial attitudes.  Each of these risk factors is then rated as very high, high, moderate, or low.  The OYAS will only be administered at the request of the committing court/placing agency.

 

University of California-Los Angeles Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (UCLA PTSD) Index – A series of self-report instruments utilized to screen for traumatic events and PTSD symptoms.  In addition to PTSD, this assessment screens for depression, ADHD and dual diagnosis.