Assessment for Behavioral Health Needs
JUVENILE JUSTICE ASSESSMENT TEAM (JJAT)
The Juvenile Justice Assessment Team (JJAT) provides mental health, substance use, and psychological evaluations and consultations for court-involved youth to help develop and guide a therapeutic treatment plan. JJAT is a collaboration between community behavioral health partners (Ryther and Seneca Family of Agencies) and King County Juvenile Court. Ryther and Seneca provide contracted staff who conduct clinical assessments with youth.
JJAT includes a diverse team of behavioral health professionals, including a clinical psychologist, mental health clinicians, and substance use disorder professionals, who provide assessments, consultation, and recommendations for therapeutic interventions. The JJAT team also includes the JJAT Supervisor, Program Coordinator, and Family Partner. JJAT assessors meet youth at the office, in the community, or in detention as many times as necessary in order to get a full picture of the youths’ current needs. Then, they provide their assessment to support the recommendation that the youth receive services that meet their needs. After assessment, the JJAT Family Partner can help connect or reengage youth with behavioral health services in their community.
Youth are referred by Juvenile Probation Counselors, Truancy/ARY Case Managers, attorneys, and other court staff.
Anna Doolittle, JJAT Supervisor, (206) 263-1522, Anna.Doolittle@kingcounty.gov.