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Offender Assessment

Ohio Risk Assessment System

The Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) is a dynamic risk/needs assessment system to be used with adult offenders. It offers criminal justice actors the ability to assess individuals at various decision points across the criminal justice system.  

More specifically, the ORAS is comprised of 5 tools: 1) pre-trial; 2) prison intake; 3) community supervision; 4) reentry from a long-term prison stay (4+ years); and 5) reentry from a short-term prison stay (< 4 years).  In order to use the ORAS, agencies must be trained. There is no cost to use the ORAS after training takes place. The training provides an overview of the assessment tools and techniques for administering and scoring the individual assessments.  In addition, the training will review how to use the scores obtained from individual ORAS assessments to develop case plans for reducing offender risk.  

Video overviews of the ORAS program are available to provide better understanding:

Overview of ORAS        Pre-trial Overview        Reentry Overview        Responsivity Overview

A training of trainers course is also available, which requires agency staff to have conducted at least 15 ORAS assessments.

ORAS Training Overview

"ORAS has helped direct my forward treatment thinking by utilizing evidence-based tools."

Ohio Youth Assessment System

The Ohio Youth Assessment System (OYAS) is a dynamic risk/needs assessment system to be used with juvenile offenders.  It offers criminal justice actors the ability to assess youths at various decision points across the juvenile justice system.  More specifically, the OYAS is comprised of 5 tools: 1) diversion; 2) detention; 3) disposition; 4) residential; and 5) reentry. In order to use the OYAS, agencies must be trained. There is no cost to use the OYAS after training takes place.  The training provides an overview of the assessment tools and techniques for administering and scoring the individual assessments.  In addition, the training will briefly review how to use the scores obtained from youth OYAS assessments to develop case plans for reducing offender risk.  

A training of trainers course is also available, which requires agency staff to have conducted at least 15 OYAS assessments.

OYAS Training Overview

 

Women’s Risk Needs Assessment

In 2008, the University of Cincinnati in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections introduced the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment (WRNA) for adult female offenders. The WRNA assesses both gender-neutral and gender-responsive factors and affords separate forms for probation, prison, and pre-release. A trailer version (WRNA-T) is also available, designed to supplement existing risk/needs assessments such as the Level of Service Inventory - Revised or the Northpointe COMPAS. The WRNA-T is also available in separate forms for probation, prison, and pre-release populations.

A training of trainers course is also available, which requires agency staff to have conducted at least 15 WRNA assessments.

Information about the WRNA

 

Level of Service Inventory – Revised

The Level of Service Inventory (LSI-R) is one of the most researched risk/need instruments currently in use. This training provides participants with an overview of assessment practices and techniques for administering and scoring the LSI-R and using the assessment information to develop case plans for reducing offender risk. This training can be delivered in a two or three day format.

A training of trainers course is also available.

LSI-R Training Overview

 

Level of Service/Case Management Inventory

The Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI) is an assessment that measures the risk and need factors of late adolescent and adult offenders. The LS/CMI is also a fully functioning case management tool. This single application provides all the essential tools needed to aid professionals in the treatment planning and management of offenders in justice, forensic, correctional, prevention and related agencies. Developed to reflect the increasing knowledge base on offender risk assessment since the Level of Service Inventory–Revised (LSI-R™), LS/CMI has refined and combined the 54 LSI-R items into 43 items in Section 1. In addition 10 comprehensive sections have been incorporated to further assist public safety professionals in their analysis of offender management. This training is a 3-day course.

LS/CMI Training Overview

 

Youthful Level of Service/Case Management Inventory

The Youthful Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) is a dynamic risk/needs assessment and case management inventory for juvenile offenders. This assessment is based on the same principles and theory behind the LSI-R with modifications to make the instrument responsive to juvenile offenders. Training for the YLS/CMI is delivered in a 3 day format and covers general principles of risk assessment, administration and scoring of the instrument, as well as instruction on using information gathered through the assessment for purposes of case planning.

A training of trainers session is also available.

YLS/CMI Training Overview.

 

Effective Case Management /Planning Practices

The goal of this training is to give participants the skills necessary to develop assessment-driven case plans and provide ample opportunities to practice these skills while in the training setting. Specific topics to be discussed include: An overview of “What Works” in correctional interventions, including the principles of effective intervention; the importance of tying the assessment process to case plan development; necessary components of case planning, including needs, goals, objectives, and techniques; case plan development; engaging offenders in case planning; transitional case planning; development of community resources; and multiple activities to practice new skills.

CM Training Overview

"CM was presented at the perfect pace.  We were able to learn pieces individually then practice application.  I walked away feeling confident in what I had learned."