Screening and Assessing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Among Youth in the Juvenile Justice System publish

In considering the role of screening and assessment in juvenile justice, the first chapter defines "screening" and "assessment" and then discusses when screening and assessment occur and approaches for providing screening and assessment. The guide advises that both screening and assessment tools should require low reading levels and use relatively simple response formats and assess mental distress and disorder, along with substance-use needs along dimensions that are useful for the context and purpose of the evaluation at a particular point in the juvenile justice process. They should be amenable to administration with culturally diverse youth, have some evidence for psychometric reliability, and offer age-based and gender-based norms across the age span to which they will be applied.