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The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice is pleased to announce the release of Building a School Responder Model: Guidance From Existing Diversion Initiatives for Youth With Behavioral Health Needs. This interactive web product provides guidance and tools to support localities in building a school-based diversion initiative for youth with behavioral health needs.… Read More


Hundreds of juvenile justice practitioners from all across the country have been certified since 2012 to deliver the NCMHJJ’s Mental Health Training Curriculum for Juvenile Justice (MHTC-JJ). This infographic captures the results of the training’s evaluation and an analysis of the impact made countrywide by its certified trainers. The MHTC-JJ provides critical information on adolescent development… Read More


Two NCMHJJ webinars are addressing different topics related to youth trauma, both of them in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) as part of the Defending Childhood State Policy Initiative. The first webinar, “Understanding Trauma in the Context of Juvenile Justice Systems,” took place on September 16, 2016, from 3:30 to… Read More


Vera Institute of Justice recently released an infograph exploring juvenile diversion models for police and families. The infograph accompanies their recent report, It Takes a Village, which is informed by the learnings of jurisdictions across the county engaged in establishing new ways to divert young people away the juvenile justice system and toward needed services.… Read More


This year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule strengthening access to mental health and substance use treatment services for people with insurance coverage through Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The finalized rule will bring these programs into alignment with requirements that have applied to health plans in the commercial market… Read More


The Vera Institute of Justice recently released a brief detailing strategies that can help police, families, and communities respond to youth misbehavior through services and support, rather than arrest. Titled It Takes a Village: Diversion Resources for Police and Families and produced with funding by the Prospect Hill Foundation, the brief draws lessons from jurisdictions nationwide who… Read More


The NCMHJJ continues to seek participation of coordinators of juvenile drug courts (JDCs), juvenile mental health courts (JMHCs), and hybrids thereof (hereafter referred to simply as JDCs) in the United States for a survey on family engagement. In partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), the NCMHJJ is conducting a nationwide… Read More