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rchurchill - (8/30/2013 2:32:40 PM)
RE:September 2013: Screening and Assessment Tools for RSAT
 The Women's Risk Need Assessment (WRNA) assesses both gender-neutral and gender-specific risk factors and provides separate versions for the probation, prison and pre-release populations.  There is a "stand-alone" and a supplemental version as well depending on the needs of your Unit / program.  The reasoning behind a separate risk/need instrument for women is that there are unique needs that are not being adequately addressed by other risk/need instruments currently in use.  The WRNA identifies these gender-specific needs as trauma and abuse, unhealthy relationships, parental stress, depression, self-efficacy and mental health symptoms. This is a relatively new instrument since the research it is based upon is also relatively new (last 8 years or so) mostly coming out of the University of Cincinnati.  Our agency is planning to use this instrument with our female clients alongside the LS/RNR with our male clients within the next several months - I'll let you know how it goes!  For more information, please go to