PA-JJCM 2: Engagement and Assessment
The agency contacts youth promptly, and conducts assessments
that identify risks, needs, and strengths and are the basis for service planning
It is likely that youth will have been assessed elsewhere before arriving at an agency providing PA-JJCM; however, agencies can still take steps to further evaluate them. At minimum, an agency should review the results of previous assessments to ensure they meet COA’s standards, and conduct additional assessments if those done previously are insufficient.
To promote safety and support timely initiation of services, youth are contacted promptly after referral.
Individualized assessments are conducted in a standardized manner, and address:
- youths’ strengths and assets;
- youths’ problems and needs; and
- risks youth pose to the community.
Note: Refer to the Assessment Matrix
for further guidance on assessment criteria. The elements of the matrix can be tailored according to the needs of specific individuals or service design.
When youth are in need of further evaluation
by another professional, the agency promptly provides or makes arrangements for specialized assessments.
Assessments are conducted in a responsive manner that includes attention to age, developmental level, gender, language, race, ethnicity
, religion, sexual orientation, and trauma history.
Assessments are conducted within specified timeframes and are updated periodically.