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Arizona Youth Assessment System (AZYAS)

The Juvenile Justice Services  Division (JJSD) of the Arizona Supreme Court in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati worked to adapt the Ohio Youth Assessment System (OYAS) for use in the state of Arizona. JJSD has worked with the fifteen Arizona counties to implement the Arizona Youth Assessment System (AZYAS) which currently consists of six risk assessment tools:

  • Diversion
  • Disposition
  • Detention
  • Residential
  • Pre-Disposition
  • Re-Entry

The State works to ensure that everyone who administers the AZYAS is properly trained. This includes the development of a consistent AZYAS Certification process which was modeled after the Ohio Youth Assessment System (OYAS) certification. A two-day certification class is required for all staff who administer the risk assessment tools. The two-day training is followed by an exam which is scored and recorded prior to providing access to new staff. Participants must score within 3+/- of the actual score and have no more than (5) questions incorrect to be certified.

The AZYAS is customized to retrieve data from existing Juvenile Online Tracking Systems (JOLTS, JOLTSaz, and SWID) which creates consistency across the state. This model incorporates the use of case planning, which aids in identifying juvenile needs and risks. The automated system also assists in tracking case plan as the cases progress, and creates defined goals and objectives.

Diversion Tool
Domains:
  - Juvenile Justice History
  - Prior Probation
  - Family Criminality
  - Supervision
Phase:
  - Conducted Pre/Post Diversion
Youth Assessed:
  - All Non-Court Cases
  - Replaces AZ Risk Assessment (Non-Court)

Detention Tool
Domains:
  - Statewide Detention Screening Instrument (DSI)
Phase:
  - Conducted for Detainment Decision
Youth Assessed:
  - Youth Screened for Detainment

Disposition Screening Tool
Domains:
  - Juvenile Justice History
  - Education
  - Substance Use
  - Peers
  - Antisocial Attitudes
Phase:
  - Conducted Pre-Adjudication (May Assess Post Adjudication for Non-Supervised Youth)
Youth Assessed:
  - All Court Cases (Initial Assessment)
  - Replaced AZ Risk Assessment (Court)

Disposition Tool
Domains:
  - Juvenile Justice History
  - Family and Living Arrangements
  - Peers and Social Support
  - Education/Employment
  - Pro-Social Skill Set
  - Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Personality
  - Attitudes, Values, and Beliefs
Phase:
  - Conducted Post-Adjudication or Within (30) Days From Disposition
  - Re-Assess Every (6) Months or Significant Event
Youth Assessed:
  - All Adjudicated Youth
  - May be Used in Place of Disposition Screening

Residential Tool
Domains:
  - Juvenile Justice History
  - Family and Living Arrangements
  - Peers and Social Support
  - Education/Employment
  - Pro-Social Skill Set
  - Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Personality
  - Attitudes, Values, and Beliefs
Phase:
  - Conducted Post-Adjudication for Placement Decision or Intake at Residential for Treatment Plan
Youth Assessed:
  - Youth Being Considered for Placement
  - May be Used in Placement for Treatment Decisions

Re-Entry Tool
Domains:
  - Juvenile Justice History
  - Family and Living Arrangements
  - Peers and Social Support
  - Education/Employment
  - Pro-Social Skill Set
  - Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Personality
  - Attitudes, Values, and Beliefs
Phase:
  - Conducted for Residential Re-Assessment/Release/Post-Release Supervision
Youth Assessed:
  - Youth Being Considered for Release
  - Used as Re-Assessment for Youth in Placement

For further information regarding AZYAS, please contact the Automation Business Team at JOLTSazAOCBusiness@courts.az.gov.

  Amy Stuart Business Manager AStuart@courts.az.gov