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Practical Use of the Washington State Assessment Process. Robert Barnoski, Ph.D. Washington State Institute for Public Policy (360) 586-2744 barney@wsipp.wa.gov www.wsipp.wa.gov. Uses of Assessment:. Pre Adjudication Hold (High risk, violent, suicide)

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Practical Use of the Washington State Assessment Process

Robert Barnoski, Ph.D.

Washington State Institute for Public Policy

(360) 586-2744

barney@wsipp.wa.gov

www.wsipp.wa.gov

uses of assessment
Uses of Assessment:
  • Pre Adjudication Hold (High risk, violent, suicide)
  • Guide who gets a contract and conditions.
  • Pre-Sentence report for judge
  • Custody placement (Alternatives to detention)
  • Supervision caseload placement (100:1).
  • Type of community intervention.
  • Monitoring progress.
  • Case management: focused on youth's relevant issues.
  • Reporting - reduce paperwork.
  • Monitoring effectiveness of service delivery.
sequence to self reliance
Sequence to Self Reliance

If family has problems:

Family =>

Engage & motivate family

=> Attitudes & Skills

=> Work on Specific Problem

=> Learn to Solve Own Problems

If not family problems:

Engage & motivate youth

=> Attitudes & Skills

=> Work on Specific Problem

=> Learn to Solve Own Problems

services delivered by providers
Services Delivered By Providers
  • Family based research-based programs
    • FFT
    • MST
    • Mentoring
  • Skill building cognitive behavioral programs
    • ART
    • DBT
    • Currently Research seems to point to using a cognitive/behavioral treatment – CBT approach needs to focus on improving deficient skills
  • What does not work
    • Intensive supervision
    • Drug/alcohol?
    • Drug courts?
    • Psychotherapy
    • Punishment only
what probation can do
What Probation Can Do
  • Know your kid: assess the kids strengths and weaknesses
    • Assign kid to right program.
    • Assign kid to the right caseload (low risk caseload).
    • Engage and motivate the kid and family using motional interviewing and understanding the change cycle.
    • Or use a FFP Approach.
    • In addition, lead implementation of researched-based effective community programs.
    • Monitor changes in risk and protective factors to see if approach is making a difference.
  • Not make job easier, but can make it more effective.
case analysis
Case Analysis
  • Do the interview
  • Collateral contacts
  • Case analysis as you enter the information in software.
  • Initial decision on the presenting problem.
  • Meet to review the results and establish a plan with the youth and family.
case plan
Case Plan

Target Risk and protective factors for Change

Associate goals to the targeted factors

Establish tasks to accomplish goals

Set due dates for yourself as well as youth and family.

Monitor tasks and goal accomplishment

Monitor changes in risk and protective factors -continual re-assessing.

functional family therapy eligibility
Functional Family Therapy Eligibility
  • Moderate to high-risk youth and:
  • Family problems (6 out of 24)
note on causality
Note on Causality:
  • Cannot replace random assignment for surest way to measure causality – the gold standard.
  • But, assessment data provides a way to find comparison groups and statistically control for systematic differences.
  • For dynamic risk and protective factors, you must define in advance what you expect to change as a result of your efforts.