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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The School Responder Model: Tools to Prevent Suspension and Arrests of Students with Behavioral Health Needs
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The School Responder Model: Tools to Prevent Suspension and Arrests of Students with Behavioral Health Needs

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

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A Silent Epidemic

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Civil Rights Data Collection Site

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

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Out of School & Off Track: The Overuse of Suspensions in American Middle and High Schools

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

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

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