Better Solutions for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System
Published Jan 22, 2014, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change
Up to 70 percent of all youth in contact with the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Yet, the juvenile justice system is not always the best or most appropriate place to access the services they need. A new white paper from the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change: A Training, Technical Assistance, and Education Center urges the use of community-based treatment interventions as the more appropriate and effective response to the needs of these youth. Better Solutions for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System discusses the scope of this problem, scientific breakthroughs that can help, and how communities can adopt better solutions for youth with mental health needs in the juvenile justice system.