Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI)/(MAYSI-2)

Instrument Basics

The Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI)/(MAYSI-2) is a brief screening instrument (52 questions) designed to identify potential mental health needs of adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system.

The instrument uses seven scales to assess the youth:

  • Alcohol & Drug Use
  • Angry – Irritable
  • Depressed – Anxious
  • Somatic Complaints
  • Suicide Ideation
  • Thought Disturbance (Boys Only)
  • Traumatic Experiences


  • 12 - 17 years of age
  • Administered in 10 - 15 minutes (Self-Report; youth answer YES/NO to questions)
  • Available in English and Spanish
  • Used in the Following Programs/Centers:
    • juvenile diversion programs
    • juvenile pretrial detention centers
    • juvenile probation offices
    • juvenile correctional and aftercare program


Visit The National Youth Screening and Assessment Project's website to find out more about the tool, research costs, and to learn about training opportunities.