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SDM News, December 2017


The SDM® system is like a good friend: Both are reliable, with SDM assessment tools going through inter-rater reliability testing to determine how truly reliable they are.

Principles for Predictive Analytics in Child Welfare

| Chris Scharenbroch, Kathy Park, Kristen Johnson, PhD

There is currently great interest in the child welfare field in using predictive analytics, spurred on by "big data," to help children and families. But how do we mitigate the risks? In this report, Evident Change lays out principles for product development, evaluation, and practice to use predictive analytics responsibly and successfully.

Does Elder Abuse Type Tell Us Anything About Five-Year All-Cause Mortality?

| Jason Burnett, PhD

It is widely recognized and accepted that confirmed elder mistreatment leads to higher risks of early all-cause mortality. Less understood is whether different types of confirmed elder mistreatment confer a greater risk for all-cause mortality compared to other confirmed types and whether having multiple types of concurrent confirmed elder mistreatment result in compounded risk for death. This webinar presents data from a single study using Texas Adult Protective Services data of confirmed elder mistreatment to predict 5-year all cause mortality among 5-different maltreatment types (i.e. caregiver neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial exploitation and polyvictimization). The findings will be discussed in relation to existing literature and the need for future well-designed mortality studies aimed at understanding the individual impact that different elder mistreatment types may have on mortality.

Presenter: Jason Burnett, PhD
Assistant Professor
UTHealth, McGovern Medical School at Houston
Co-Director of the Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment Institute
Director of the UTHealth, Forensic Assessment Center Network-APS Division

NCCD News: Message From the CEO, Media Awards Call for Entries, and More


Read an end-of-year message from NCCD CEO and learn about system crossover research and diversity and inclusion at NCCD in the December issue of NCCD News. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

SDM News, November 2017


Why “safe with a plan” provokes anxiety in many child welfare workers and how the SDM® system can help. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

NCCD News: Prison reform and award-worthy media


NCCD CEO responds to Wisconsin prison proposal, and NCCD staff present in California and Georgia in this month’s NCCD News. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

SDM News, October 2017


This edition examines how the SDM® risk assessment helps determine “the who” and “who not” when it comes to allocating child protection agency resources. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

NCCD News: Predictive Analytics, PFS in LA County, and Media for a Just Society Blog Series


Data science and predictive analytics, along with the blog series written by Media for a Just Society Award finalists, round out the October issue of NCCD News. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

SDM News, September 2017


The ability to predict the future would prove useful in many areas of our lives. For child protection social workers, it could help them target services to families most likely to experience poor outcomes in the future. In the absence of such an ability, social workers can use the Structured Decision Making® risk assessment. Learn more about actuarial assessment in the September issue of SDM News. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

NCCD News: SafeMeasures in NYC, Predictive Analytics, and Alaskan Partners


SafeMeasures® expansion to NYC and new blog series highlight this month’s NCCD News. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

SDM News, August 2017


Addressing decision-making dilemmas with the SDM system.*This link opens slowly; please be patient.

The Abuse Intervention Model: A Pragmatic Approach to Intervention for Elder Mistreatment

| Laura Mosqueda, M.D., Keck School of Medicine, USC

Interventions are needed to mitigate elder mistreatment, but responders must first know when to intervene. This webinar will present the Abuse Intervention Model (AIM), a simple, coherent framework of known risk factors of the victim, perpetrator, and environment that applies to all types of abuse. Dr. Laura Mosqueda will discuss the details of the AIM and present case studies on how the AIM can be applied to APS work. (Materials: slide presentation)