A NATIONAL
FOCAL POINT


To improve policies and
programs for youth with
behavioral health disorders
in contact with the
juvenile justice system

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Diversion, Behavioral Health, and Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice continues its long-standing collaboration with the Technical Assistance Center to increase the number of youth with behavioral health disorders diverted out of the juvenile justice system to appropriate community-based behavioral health services. With the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a series of Policy Academy-Action Network Initiatives have allowed states to improve their responses to justice-involved youth with behavioral health needs.

The Improving Diversion Policies and Programs for Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Disorders: An Integrated Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative convenes multi-disciplinary teams of senior-level policymakers and stakeholders from selected states to undertake the following activities:

  • learn about effective intervention and the latest research in order to develop strategic plans for their states through SAMHSA’s Policy Academy framework
  • develop and implement innovative strategies and approaches to address issues that cut across states through the MacArthur Foundation’s Action Network strategy

Policy Academy-Action Network States, by Project Year

 

  2012-2013 - To learn more about specific projects, click on the respective state. 

  2014-2015

All States

Arkansas Kentucky Michigan Michigan Minnesota Mississippi New York State South Carolina Virginia
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