A. The screening and assessment process is designed to uncover the specific risks, needs and strengths of women offenders.
Questions to consider in scoring Item A:
Are women informed about the purpose of the screening and assessment
process before instruments are administered? Are they invited to ask
Does the screening and assessment process include the discovery of factors
specific to women offenders? These include:
- Relationships, including availability of family support
- Experiences of abuse and trauma
- Symptoms of stress and anxiety
- Parenting, child care, and family reunification issues
- Mental health
- Substance use and abuse
- Socio-economic factors (employment status, issues of poverty and basic needs)
- Safety considerations (current housing safety, community safety, relationship safety)
- Availability and accessibility of community supports
Does the process include the discovery of strengths and protective factors?
- Discovery of abilities and skills?
- Discovery of special talents and hobbies?
Are the screening and assessment instruments valid and reliable for women offenders?
- Have the tools been developed for women?
- Have the tools been tested for effectiveness with women?
Is the screening and assessment process trauma-informed?
Are reassessments periodically facilitated?