Author: Edwin Mikkelsen, M.D., National Mentor Network, Wellesley Hills, MA
This presentation will focus on the essential elements of the assessment risk in individuals with develop-mental disabilities who also have a history of criminal offenses. The first section will review the range of outcomes that occur when an individual with developmental disabilities commits an offense. This discussion will be facilitated by a diagram, which illustrates the multiple different outcomes that can occur when an individual commits a criminal offense. This introduction will be followed by a review of the most common types of errors that contribute to the over-assessment of risk, as well as under-assessment of risk. The final section will describe a methodology that yields an empirical profile of the individual, based part on their prior history and personal characteristics that may act as destabilizing factors in the future.