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Risk Assessment and Behavioral Health Screening (RABS) Project Final Technical Report
(NCJ 251912) July 2018
Grant, 139 page(s)
Gina M. Vincent, Rachael Perrault
The study examined how structured and comprehensive implementation of risk assessment, mental health screening and substance abuse screening in juvenile probation departments in Rhode Island and Arkansas affected case processing and reoffending. In Rhode Island, risk was strongly related to the number of services and rates of placements youth received, which at first glance may indicate that case planning approaches followed the risk principle. In Arkansas, there were significant limitations with the administration and use of the screening tools in three sites. The one site that followed its assessment policy cut recidivism in half and increased the rates of youth being informally rather than formally processed.
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