The Juvenile Assessment and Intervention System™ (JAIS) is a supervision model that builds rapport between a young person and a worker while bringing valuable information to the surface. At the heart of JAIS™ is a one-on-one conversation that focuses on who the young person is, particularly their underlying motivations for behavior. The model weaves together a gender-specific risk assessment and a strengths and needs assessment, helping workers identify behaviors and issues to expect during supervision.
JAIS provides information on a young person’s most important needs and risk of recidivism, and offers the worker specific, gender-responsive supervision strategies based on youth characteristics. It also recommends programs and interventions most likely to produce success.
The gender-specific risk assessment used in JAIS is research-based and has been employed and validated widely. JAIS also provides the opportunity to reassess youth whenever needed. Agencies need to routinely evaluate the young person’s progress, and JAIS provides updated recommendations based on the most current information. As part of each JAIS implementation project, Evident Change validates the risk instrument periodically and customizes the instrument for each agency to ensure it optimally classifies the youth population served.
For administrators and managers, JAIS provides the ability to easily monitor agency data and needs through data reports which inform the profile of youth served as well as indicate staff training or resource needs. JAIS can lead to more effective and efficient use of worker time, lessen a young person’s time on supervision, and reduce recidivism. All of this, in the long term, may produce smaller caseloads and more time for youth who most require services and supervision.