Diversion, Behavioral Health, and Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth
The NCMHJJ is working collaboratively with the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) to increase the number of youth with behavioral health disorders diverted out of the juvenile justice system to appropriate community-based behavioral health services. Through the renewed support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Foundation), NCMHJJ and TAC will convene Improving Diversion Policies and Programs for Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Disorders: An Integrated Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative.
This Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative builds on the success of a previous two-year project to divert youth with behavioral health conditions from the juvenile justice system to community-based programs and services. The original initiative included eight states: Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, and Virginia. The outcomes of each state’s work are summarized in the final report of that project.
The 2014-2015 Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative offers four states – Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Tennessee - the opportunity to improve policy and practice for diverting justice-involved youth with behavioral health disorders. Replicating the successful model of the previous effort, this initiative will integrate SAMHSA’s Policy Academy mechanism with the Foundation’s Action Network strategy.
- Through the Policy Academy framework, multi-disciplinary teams of senior-level policymakers and stakeholders come together to learn about effective intervention and the latest research in order to develop strategic plans for their state.
- Consistent with the Foundation’s Action Network strategy, multi-jurisdictional teams develop and implement innovative strategies and approaches to address issues that cut across states.
- Guidebook for Implementing Screening for Behavioral Health Disorders
- Evidence-Based Practices Guidebook: 10 Steps to Providing Effective Programs
- Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Systems
- The Role of Family in Juvenile Justice Diversion Programs for Youth with Behavioral Health Needs
- Diversion for Youth with Behavioral Health Needs: Applying Proven Strategies to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System