The following publications were developed by a committee comprised of leadership from our member Assessment Centers.  These publications are to be used as discussion points for Centers and communities on how Assessment Centers can serve in the best interest of their communities, partnership opportunities, and overall best practices.  

Partnership Possibilities: Assessment Centers and Schools

Despite efforts of schools to implement interventions such Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS), schools continue to struggle with youth behavior and chronic absenteeism. Assessment Centers have a unique opportunity to support their local school systems by serving as the bridge to local, community-based services and supports that can address underlying behaviors.  Read the full article. 

The Benefit of Neutrality

Several times throughout the newly released Assessment Center Framework, we reference the importance
for Centers to serve as a neutral, unbiased, collaborative hub within their communities. What does this
mean and why is it so important? The answer is simple: Trust.  Read the full article. 

Why Detention Is Not The Answer: An Alternative Through Assessment Centers

Delinquency among youth is a complex issue that can cause disruption within communities and in some
cases create victims of crime. Our approach and response to delinquent behavior is the single most important factor to whether or not it will happen again.  As more and more communities recognize the ineffectiveness and high price tag of detention, the Assessment Center model can serve as an effective approach in establishing a new way to support youth and families. Read the full article.