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Message ID: 8958
Date: 2011-09-08

Author:NCCPRaol.com

Subject:Re: risk assessment tools

It appears that some of the evaluations purporting to show that these instruments work and are free of bias are conducted by the same organization that created the instruments in the first place. In contrast, the critical evaluations from WSIPP and CSSP, which raise questions about bias, and to which there are links in this post from my organization's Child Welfare Blog: http://www.nccprblog.org/2011/07/foster-care-in-los-angeles-now-he-tells.html are from outside organizations. Richard Wexler Executive Director National Coalition for Child Protection Reform 53 Skyhill Road (Suite 202) Alexandria VA 22314 703-212-2006 www.nccpr.org In a message dated 9/7/2011 5:06:40 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, KJohnson@mw.nccd-crc.org writes: The actuarial risk assessment for estimating likelihood of future child maltreatment has two separate indices, and you are correct there is overlap. The document Alan Puckett referred to previously helps identify the reasons why, and the principles behind development and design. Recent posts on this listserve have a common thread, which is how to improve decision making and outcomes in child protection. Assessments should be validated and evaluated relative to the decision they inform. For example, a standardized assessment used to help diagnose a condition – it is important to know test sensitivity and specificity. An actuarial risk assessment used to focus prevention-based resources on families at greatest risk of child maltreatment –predictive validity relative to distribution is going to be more informative. I did not get a lot of interest in web meetings to discuss these issues, but please feel free to contact me with any questions/further conversation. Kristen Johnson, Ph.D. The Children's Research Center, The National Council on Crime & Delinquency 426 S. Yellowstone Dr. Suite 250 Madison Wisconsin 53719 Ph: (608) 831-1180 Fx: (608) 831-6446 kjohnson@nccdcrc.org www.nccd-crc.org Please do not send any identifying or confidential information (such as names, birthdates, social security numbers) via e-mail. It is possible for third parties to intercept information transmitted in an e-mail. Identification numbers (such as case or referral numbers) may be included where necessary. Intercepting persons cannot use these numbers to identify a client unless they have access to the host application or database. From: bounce-38007125-6833781@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-38007125-6833781@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Eric G. Mart Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2011 2:05 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: Re: risk assessment tools This instrument seems like a step in the right direction. However, there does seem to be a problem with double dipping, since some of the items that deal with neglect and abuse touch on the very issues that would have lead to the use of the instrument in the first place. Am I missing something here? Eric G. Mart, Ph.D., ABPP (Forensic) 311 Highlander Way Manchester, New Hampshire 03103 Ph. 603/626-0966 Fax 603/622-7012 www.psychology-law.com ----- Original Message ----- From: Williams, Crystalle To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2011 10:04 AM Subject: RE: risk assessment tools Bruce, Here is a link to the validation study for NC DSS’s risk assessment that was completed by the Children’s Research Center in 2009: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/publications/docs/NCriskassessmentvalidation_final2009.doc.pdf Here is a link to an article about the study: http://www.practicenotes.org/v14n1/CRC.htm. Let me know if you need anything else! Crystalle Williams, MSW Program Consultant/ Trainer NC Division of Social Services 704-399-8160 Office 704-519-6519 Work Mobile crystalle.williams@dhhs.nc.gov ________________________________ From: bounce-37995432-9669498@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-37995432-9669498@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Dr. Bruce G. Borkosky, Psy.D PA Sent: Friday, September 02, 2011 1:40 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: Re: risk assessment tools Hi, Crystalle, thank you for the link. I have seen several of these SDM-related risk assessment forms. I think I had found them in various SDM publications. Now I am looking for the details of their development. Was the risk assessment creation published in an article anywhere? Are there norms? sensitivity? specificity? Thanks, Bruce On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 5:07 PM, Williams, Crystalle > wrote: In North Carolina, we have a risk assessment and strengths & needs assessment that are used during the CPS Assessment. Here is a link to our forms page, and the risk assessment is form # 5230 and the strengths and needs is form #5229. http://info.dhhs.state.nc.us/olm/forms/forms.aspx?dc=dss. Please let me know if you have any questions. Crystalle Williams, MSW Program Consultant/ Trainer NC Division of Social Services 704-399-8160 Office 704-519-6519 Work Mobile crystalle.williams@dhhs.nc.gov ________________________________ From: bounce-37922734-9669498@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-37922734-9669498@list.cornell.edu ] On Behalf Of katstar@fqstudio.net Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 2:41 PM To: child-maltreatment-research-l@list.cornell.edu Subject: risk assessment tools I am researching risk assessment tools used by child abuse investigators and would appreciate copies of or information on where I can locate the instruments used by other states. Thank You, Katherine Barillas, Ph.D. Policy Fellow One Voice Texas/ChildBuilders kbarillas@childbuilders.org Houston, Texas 713-480-3937 ________________________________ Email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties by an authorized State official. Unauthorized disclosure of juvenile, health, legally privileged, or otherwise confidential information, including confidential information relating to an ongoing State procurement effort, is prohibited by law. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete all records of this e-mail. -- Bruce G. Borkosky, Psy.D. PA 1800 Lakeview Drive Sebring, FL 33870 863-386-0276 304-8-Dr-Bruce (google voice) 800-919-9008 Fax 813-200-8450 Email DrBorkosky@Gmail.com This communication is confidential and privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please communicate the error immediately, and delete all copies.

It appears that some of the evaluations purporting to show that these instruments work and are free of bias are conducted by the same organization that created the instruments in the first place. In contrast, the critical evaluations from WSIPP and CSSP, which raise questions about bias, and to which there are links in this post from my organization's Child Welfare Blog: http://www.nccprblog.org/2011/07/foster-care-in-los-angeles-now-he-tells.html are from outside organizations. Richard Wexler Executive Director National Coalition for Child Protection Reform 53 Skyhill Road (Suite 202) Alexandria VA 22314 703-212-2006 www.nccpr.org In a message dated 9/7/2011 5:06:40 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, KJohnsonmw.nccd-crc.org writes: The actuarial risk assessment for estimating likelihood of future child maltreatment has two separate indices, and you are correct there is overlap. The document Alan Puckett referred to previously helps identify the reasons why, and the principles behind development and design. Recent posts on this listserve have a common thread, which is how to improve decision making and outcomes in child protection. Assessments should be validated and evaluated relative to the decision they inform. For example, a standardized assessment used to help diagnose a condition – it is important to know test sensitivity and specificity. An actuarial risk assessment used to focus prevention-based resources on families at greatest risk of child maltreatment –predictive validity relative to distribution is going to be more informative. I did not get a lot of interest in web meetings to discuss these issues, but please feel free to contact me with any questions/further conversation. Kristen Johnson, Ph.D. The Children's Research Center, The National Council on Crime & Delinquency 426 S. Yellowstone Dr. Suite 250 Madison Wisconsin 53719 Ph: (608) 831-1180 Fx: (608) 831-6446 kjohnsonnccdcrc.org www.nccd-crc.org Please do not send any identifying or confidential information (such as names, birthdates, social security numbers) via e-mail. It is possible for third parties to intercept information transmitted in an e-mail. Identification numbers (such as case or referral numbers) may be included where necessary. Intercepting persons cannot use these numbers to identify a client unless they have access to the host application or database. From: bounce-38007125-6833781list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-38007125-6833781list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Eric G. Mart Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2011 2:05 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: Re: risk assessment tools This instrument seems like a step in the right direction. However, there does seem to be a problem with double dipping, since some of the items that deal with neglect and abuse touch on the very issues that would have lead to the use of the instrument in the first place. Am I missing something here? Eric G. Mart, Ph.D., ABPP (Forensic) 311 Highlander Way Manchester, New Hampshire 03103 Ph. 603/626-0966 Fax 603/622-7012 www.psychology-law.com ----- Original Message ----- From: Williams, Crystalle To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2011 10:04 AM Subject: RE: risk assessment tools Bruce, Here is a link to the validation study for NC DSS’s risk assessment that was completed by the Children’s Research Center in 2009: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/publications/docs/NCriskassessmentvalidation_final2009.doc.pdf Here is a link to an article about the study: http://www.practicenotes.org/v14n1/CRC.htm. Let me know if you need anything else! Crystalle Williams, MSW Program Consultant/ Trainer NC Division of Social Services 704-399-8160 Office 704-519-6519 Work Mobile crystalle.williamsdhhs.nc.gov ________________________________ From: bounce-37995432-9669498list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-37995432-9669498list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Dr. Bruce G. Borkosky, Psy.D PA Sent: Friday, September 02, 2011 1:40 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: Re: risk assessment tools Hi, Crystalle, thank you for the link. I have seen several of these SDM-related risk assessment forms. I think I had found them in various SDM publications. Now I am looking for the details of their development. Was the risk assessment creation published in an article anywhere? Are there norms? sensitivity? specificity? Thanks, Bruce On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 5:07 PM, Williams, Crystalle > wrote: In North Carolina, we have a risk assessment and strengths & needs assessment that are used during the CPS Assessment. Here is a link to our forms page, and the risk assessment is form # 5230 and the strengths and needs is form #5229. http://info.dhhs.state.nc.us/olm/forms/forms.aspx?dc=dss. Please let me know if you have any questions. Crystalle Williams, MSW Program Consultant/ Trainer NC Division of Social Services 704-399-8160 Office 704-519-6519 Work Mobile crystalle.williamsdhhs.nc.gov ________________________________ From: bounce-37922734-9669498list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-37922734-9669498list.cornell.edu ] On Behalf Of katstarfqstudio.net Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 2:41 PM To: child-maltreatment-research-llist.cornell.edu Subject: risk assessment tools I am researching risk assessment tools used by child abuse investigators and would appreciate copies of or information on where I can locate the instruments used by other states. Thank You, Katherine Barillas, Ph.D. Policy Fellow One Voice Texas/ChildBuilders kbarillaschildbuilders.org Houston, Texas 713-480-3937 ________________________________ Email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties by an authorized State official. Unauthorized disclosure of juvenile, health, legally privileged, or otherwise confidential information, including confidential information relating to an ongoing State procurement effort, is prohibited by law. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete all records of this e-mail. -- Bruce G. Borkosky, Psy.D. PA 1800 Lakeview Drive Sebring, FL 33870 863-386-0276 304-8-Dr-Bruce (google voice) 800-919-9008 Fax 813-200-8450 Email DrBorkoskyGmail.com This communication is confidential and privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please communicate the error immediately, and delete all copies.