Developed by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) and the Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. (TAC) as part of the 2014-15 Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative, this report:

  • presents the current understanding of child trauma in the context of juvenile justice
  • identifies 9 implementation domains essential to achieving a trauma-informed juvenile justice diversion approach, and
  • highlights case examples from each state involved in the initiative (Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Tennessee).

The 2014-15 Policy Academy Action Network Initiative was a joint effort supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (as part of Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The overall goal of the initiative was to facilitate implementation of innovative strategies for probation-intake diversion and improved outcomes for youth in contact with the justice system who have behavioral health and trauma-related conditions.