The JRA was developed by the University of Cincinnati to assist juvenile justice professionals in providing the most effective interventions for youth based on likelihood to reoffend, criminogenic needs, and barriers to services, while using the least restrictive alternative. It is a dynamic risk/needs assessment system that assesses youth at various decision points across the juvenile justice system: Diversion, Detention, Disposition, Residential and Reentry.
Youth are scored in seven domains: juvenile justice history, family and living arrangements, peers and social support, education/employment, pro-social skill set, substance abuse, personality and mental health, and attitudes, values and beliefs.
Assessment-Driven Case Planning (CP)
Research supports that assessment-driven case planning is the most effective means of strategizing interventions. Juvenile Probation has developed a collaborative approach to case planning that incorporates four foundational components: needs, goals, objectives, and techniques.
Probation Officers work with the minor and family on establishing an initial case plan. To begin, the Probation Officer reviews the JRA and determines which domains are moderate and high risk and which will be targeted. Low risk domains are not to be targeted. Probation Officers utilize the Case Plan Form when working with the youth and family to develop and review case plan goals and objectives. Please see the attached case plan form example.