Applying Proven Strategies to Reduce Racial & Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System

This webinar was offered to states participating in the initiative “Improving Diversion Policies and Programs for Justice Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders: An Integrated Policy Academy/Action Network Initiative.” This initiative is an effort to increase the number of youth with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders diverted out of the juvenile justice system to appropriate community-based behavioral health services, and to reduce the inappropriate and unnecessary contact of these youth with the juvenile justice system.

This webinar provides a conceptual framework for understanding Disproportionate Minority Contact and racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, review the Center for Children’s Law and Policy’s data-driven approach for reducing disparities, and learn about strategic innovations that have produced measurable Disproportionate Minority Contact reductions in other jurisdictions.

Population of focus: Youth

Link to resource: Webinar on YouTube

Date: 2012

Organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation