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Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument–Version 2 (MAYSI–2)

The Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument– Version 2 (MAYSI–2) is a brief, self-report screening tool designed to identify youths with special mental health needs in the juvenile justice system. It is not a diagnostic tool. Instead, it identifies emergent risks of youths in need of a comprehensive psychological assessment. The developers of the MAYSI–2 designed it for administration by nonclinicians and normed it for use with youths aged 12 to 17 years on entry into one of three different settings in the juvenile justice system—intake probation, pretrial detention, and postsentencing correctional facilities. It is one of the only true mental health “screening” tools (as opposed to assessment tools) developed for juvenile justice settings. As such, the MAYSI–2 is important for juvenile justice administrators who have an ...

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