Risk Assessment

Washington State Risk & Needs Assessment
The risk assessment is part of a case management process initiated by the Juvenile Court Administrators of Washington State in 1997.

The Juvenile Court Administrators, in collaboration with the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, developed a risk assessment tool to assist Probation Counselors in determining the level of risk for re-offending, identifying targets for intervention, developing a case management plan, and monitoring progress in reducing risk factors.

The risk assessment measures risk in several domains, including criminal history, school, use of free time, employment, relationships, family, alcohol and drugs, mental health, attitudes, behavior, aggression, and skills. Areas that place the youth at risk to re-offend are identified, as well as the youth’s strengths. Priority goals and tasks are established with the youth’s assistance. Target dates are established and throughout community supervision, progress is monitored and goals are continually altered.

Aggression Replacement Training
Aggression Replacement Training (ART) is an intensive life skills curriculum. Youth involved in ART learn skills that give them the ability to solve problems, make decisions, and interact positively in social situations. ART is comprised of three components:
  • Anger Control
  • Moral Reasoning
  • Social Skills
For more information, view the ART Brochure (PDF) or WA State's Implementation of Aggression Replacement Training for Juvenile Offenders: Preliminary Findings (PDF).

Functional Family Therapy
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a structured family-based intervention that uses a multi-step approach to enhance protective factors and reduce risk factors in the family.

For study information, view WA State's Implementation of Functional Family Therapy for Juvenile Offenders: Preliminary Findings (PDF).