Diversion

Diversion programs aim to address the underlying causes of illegal behavior without drawing youth deeper into the juvenile justice system.

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Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change | EXPANDCOLLAPSE

From 2013-2016 the NCMHJJ coordinated the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change: A Training, Technical Assistance, and Education Center, one of four Resource Centers featured in the Models for Change Resource Center Partnership. The Collaborative for Change shared information on the mental health reforms that were developed by states involved with Models for Change… Read More

From 2013-2016 the NCMHJJ coordinated the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change: A Training, Technical Assistance, and Education Center, one of four Resource Centers featured in the Models for Change Resource Center Partnership.

The Collaborative for Change shared information on the mental health reforms that were developed by states involved with Models for Change and provided guidance to support their effective implementation in new communities throughout the country.

Assistance offered by the Collaborative for Change included:

  • Web-based resource center
  • A staffed help desk
  • Off-site and on-site assistance and consultation
  • On-site training
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School Diversion, Behavioral Health, and Juvenile Justice | EXPANDCOLLAPSE

Increasing the number of youth with behavioral health disorders diverted out of the juvenile justice system to effective community-based programs and services… Read More

Students with behavioral health needs are disproportionately subject to exclusionary school discipline and school-based arrests. These experiences often place them on a pathway from school misbehavior to juvenile justice system involvement, resulting in a range of poor outcomes.

The Improving Diversion Policies and Programs for Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Disorders: An Integrated Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative, with the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is a collaboration between the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the Technical Assistance Collaborative. This project supports cross systems teams of state and local leaders in developing and implementing a School Responder Model to address behavioral health needs of students through community-based services that keep youth in school and out of the justice system.  Technical assistance is provided to teams around the structure of successful School Responder Model initiatives, building the necessary collaborative team, identification of youth in need through screening and assessment, processes to develop enduring systems of referral to effective services, and data collection and analysis.  Teams implement initiatives in order to redirect youth with behavioral health needs from school-justice pathways to community-based supports that foster school success.

Policy Academy-Action Network States, by Project Year

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

2014-2015

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School-Justice Partnership Program | EXPANDCOLLAPSE

Working to improve outcomes for youth and communities through coordination and collaboration among schools, behavioral health providers, law enforcement, and juvenile justice officials.… Read More

Students with behavioral health needs are disproportionately subject to exclusionary school discipline and school-based arrests.  These experiences often place them on a pathway from school misbehavior to juvenile justice system involvement, resulting in a range of poor outcomes.

The purpose of this project is to enhance collaboration and coordination among schools, mental and behavioral health specialists, law enforcement and juvenile justice officials to help students succeed in school and prevent negative outcomes for youth and communities. The NCMHJJ serves as a core partner in this work, which is spearheaded by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges through a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  Project efforts directly support targeted sites in implementation of supportive school discipline approaches and provide information for the field through development of tools, training materials, and other resources.

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School Responder Model: Addressing Behavioral Health Needs to Keep Kids in School

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Juvenile Diversion Strategies and Models

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Crisis Intervention Teams for Youth Flyer

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Cross-Systems Mapping Flyer

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

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School-Based Behavioral Health Diversion – Which Youth and What Services?

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Building the Right Cross-Systems Team to Support your Diversion: The Responder Model

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Cover of "Strengthening Our Future: Key Elements to Developing a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Diversion Program for Youth with Behavioral Health Conditions"
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Strengthening Our Future: Key Elements to Developing a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Diversion Program for Youth with Behavioral Health Conditions

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Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline – The school-based diversion initiative for youth with mental disorders

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Diverting Youth at Probation Intake: The Front-End Diversion Initiative

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States Selected for SAMHSA-MacArthur Initiative to Divert Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

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School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project: A Practice Guide

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SAMHSA-MacArthur Select States for Initiative to Aid Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

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

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Video Testimony: State of Michigan Juvenile Program

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Video Testimony: Louisiana State University

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Improving Diversion Policies and Programs for Justice-Involved Youth with Co-occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders

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The SBDI Toolkit: A Community Resource for Reducing School-Based Arrests

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Diversion for Youth with Behavioral Health Needs: Applying Proven Strategies to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System

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Law Enforcement-Based Diversion: Strategic Innovations from the Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network

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School-Based Diversion: Strategic Innovations from the Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network

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SAMHSA, MacArthur Collaborate to Improve How Juvenile Justice System Responds to Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

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Juvenile Diversion Guidebook

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Guide to Developing Pre-Adjudication Diversion Policy and Practice in Pennsylvania

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Texas Front End Diversion Initiative Program Policy and Procedure Manual

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Blueprint for Change: A Comprehensive Model for the Identification and Treatment of Youth with Mental Health Needs in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System

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A Blueprint for Change: Improving the System Response to Youth with Mental Health Needs Involved with the Juvenile Justice System

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Juvenile Diversion: Programs for Justice-Involved Youth with Mental Health Disorders

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