SPEP Score

The SPEP Score is based on four areas of information: service category, quality of service delivery, amount of service, and risk level of youth served. This pages provides details about each score area.

SPEP Score Worksheet

This worksheet shows the sections that make up your SPEP score, and the total possible points for each section.

Download the SPEP Score Worksheet.

Service Categories and Amount of Service (aka dosage)

The SPEP score includes points for the type(s) of service your programs provide, and the number of weeks and hours youth are in the program. This document outlines the number of points each service is eligible for, and the target number of weeks and hours the youth should receive for that service.

Download the SPEP Service Type Fact Sheets

Quality of Service Delivery

An important part of your SPEP score comes from the Quality of Service section.

Services are scored on 4 areas of quality. These areas include:

  • Written program protocol,
  • Staff training,
  • Staff supervision,
  • Response to drift.
Learn more about Quality of Service.

Risk Level of Youth Served

Another main part of the SPEP score is the risk level of youth served by your program. The Commonwealth has adopted the “Youth Level of Service”, or YLS, as its measure of youth risk level. Scores are based on the proportion of moderate to high-risk youth participating in your services. Juvenile justice services have been shown to be most effective with higher risk youth, so the SPEP awards more points for higher proportions of high-risk youth served. Please note that not all programs are designed or appropriate for high-risk youth, or a mix of youth-risk levels. This document provides a brief overview of the YLS.

Download the Risk Level of Youth Served Overview.

Research & Resources

Looking for more information? Check out Research about SPEP or the SPEP Resource Directory for more details on YLS and SPEP research.


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