Diversion, Behavioral Health, and Justice-Involved Youth
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice continues its long-standing collaboration with the Technical Assistance Collaborative 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.
- 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