The JIFF is a hands-on, interactive, computerized interview that is self-administered by the client or caregiver(s). The JIFF is derived from the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS), an assessment backed by over 20 years of research. The interview covers 10 life domains, represented in the 10 subscales.
The JIFF is used to rapidly assess youth, evaluate outcomes, and assist with service coordination. Juvenile justice, foster care, child protective services, schools, prevention programs, and residential settings currently use the JIFF. No training is required, making the JIFF a perfect tool for front line staff. Back to the top
Using the JIFF
- Family Life
- Peer Relationships
- Community Behavior
- Substance Use
The computer reads the JIFF interviewer questions aloud at a 2nd to 3rd grade reading level. The interviewee selects the appropriate answer on the computer screen, or at times responds to open-ended questions. Two versions (youth and caregiver) ask questions across the 10 areas of functioning. Interests and strengths-based coping skills are also covered in the interview.
A Service Plan is automatically started by the software, and is quickly completed by staff, with input from the family. Based on the respondent’s answers, the application automatically suggests goals that might be appropriate for the youth. Staff then select the goals to be included in the Service Plan and assign services/interventions and a priority level to each goal. Services, priority level, and additional goals are customized to the individual client.
The JIFF Service Plan is a powerful tool that translates the youth or caregiver’s responses into an action-plan based on practical, achievable goals. Additionally, if both the youth and caregiver take the JIFF Interview, their results can be integrated into one Service Plan.
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