The Self-Assessment for an Abuse Free Environment was developed as an optional tool for programs and facilities under the jurisdiction of the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (Justice Center). This tool is intended to support your on-going initiatives to prevent abuse or neglect of youth in your program/facility and assist you in determining which area to focus on in your program/facility’s performance improvement projects. OCFS and the Justice Center are available to assist in developing or providing resources that would assist your program/facility in abuse and neglect prevention. This assessment can be used on an Agency level, or can be specific to individual programs.

This tool is for use within your program or facility and is not meant to be shared with the Justice Center, Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), or other surveyors. However, this self-assessment tool may be subject to disclosure under applicable federal or state law, including the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).