Better Solutions for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System

The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change has released “Better Solutions for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System.” This report focuses on effective responses to youth with mental health needs in the juvenile justice system. Based on research, as many as 70 percent of justice-involved youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder. The report highlights the scope of the problem, identifies scientific breakthroughs, and encourages community-based treatment interventions that provide more appropriate, effective responses to youth with mental health needs.

Population of focus: Youth with mental health needs in the juvenile justice system

Link to resource: Better Solutions for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System (pdf)

Date: 2014

Organization: The Collaborative for Change is a project of the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of its Models for Change Resource Center Partnership.