Youth Screening Program (YSP)
Overview on our Youth Screening Program
BAYS Youth Screening Program serves four counties (Brevard, Broward, Collier, and Manatee), at either a local Juvenile Assessment Center or Juvenile Detention Center. When a youth is taken into custody by law enforcement, detention screening staff are available to conduct a number of assessments to determine if the youth will remain in their community or be placed in secure care while pending their next court hearing. In addition, the screening staff complete substance abuse and mental health assessments and refer youth and families out for additional services. It is a critical part of the juvenile justice continuum and in some instances, may result in a direct diversion to avoid further court processing. Our Youth Screening Specialists work closely with local law enforcement, DJJ, and court systems to promote public safety while ensuring a thorough assessment through a trauma-informed lens.