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). The purpose of the tool is to encourage providers of substance use services to think in terms of an abuse free environment of care, to self-evaluate their programs for risk of abuse and to provide resources to mitigate the identified areas of risk. The risk prevention factors for abuse and neglect apply to the program/facility, service recipients’ unmet need, and interpersonal relationships between service recipients and others.

This tool is for use within your program or facility and is not meant to be shared with the Justice Center, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), or other programs. This tool is meant to assist you in determining which area to focus on in your program/facility’s performance improvement projects. OASAS and the Justice Center are available to assist in developing or providing resources that would assist your program/facility in abuse prevention.