Evidence-Based Practices

A large body of research describes interventions that effectively improve outcomes for youth with behavioral health conditions who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

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Juvenile Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Project | EXPANDCOLLAPSE

Given the high prevalence of youth with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders in the juvenile justice system, as well as the poor outcomes associated with these conditions, many juvenile drug courts have modified or are considering adapting their policies and programs to include and effectively address the treatment needs of these youth. As a… Read More

Given the high prevalence of youth with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders in the juvenile justice system, as well as the poor outcomes associated with these conditions, many juvenile drug courts have modified or are considering adapting their policies and programs to include and effectively address the treatment needs of these youth.

As a partner in the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ Juvenile Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Project, the NCMHJJ seeks to enhance understanding of the impact of co-occurring disorders on juvenile drug court policy and program development. This goal is achieved through several activities including:

  • providing trainings to judges and court personnel on best practices and model programs
  • producing targeted resources to guide practice
  • convening virtual learning opportunities
  • engaging juvenile drug court staff in educational opportunities at state and national conferences
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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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SBIRT in Juvenile Justice | EXPANDCOLLAPSE

Substance use disorders are costly to individuals, families, and communities. Misuse and addiction is a key contributing factor to the leading causes of death among teens and leads to negative health, social, and behavioral outcomes including physical and mental health problems, and difficulty achieving success in school and in the workplace. NCMHJJ has been funded… Read More

Substance use disorders are costly to individuals, families, and communities. Misuse and addiction is a key contributing factor to the leading causes of death among teens and leads to negative health, social, and behavioral outcomes including physical and mental health problems, and difficulty achieving success in school and in the workplace.

NCMHJJ has been funded by the Hilton Foundation to see if the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) framework, an effective model in healthcare settings, can be adapted to fit juvenile justice settings. NCMHJJ is working to build a SBIRT framework that incorporates the mental health and trauma needs of juvenile justice involved youth. If SBIRT is proven to be successful in juvenile justice settings, youth would be able to be paired with the appropriate level of services and organizations would be able to begin to identify the appropriate type of services needed in their treatment continuum

 

Click here (PDF) to download a flyer on the NCMHJJ’s work to implement SBIRT in Juvenile Justice Settings.

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Connecticut

Willmantic Juvenile Probation

Willmantic Child, Youth and Family Support Center (CYFSC)

Stamford Adult Probation UNITY

Stamford Alternative Incarceration Center (AIC)

Louisiana

Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) Calcasieu Parish Office of JJ Services

Jefferson Parish

Minnesota

Community and Public Health Initiatives

Ohio

Fairfield County Juvenile Court

Summit County Juvenile Court

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Implementing Evidence-Based Practices

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Cross-Systems Mapping Flyer

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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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What Juvenile Courts Need to Know about Providing Effective Services for Youth with Co-occurring Disorders

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Providing Effective Treatment for Youth with Co-occurring Disorders

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

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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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Measuring Success: A Guide to Becoming an Evidence-Based Practice

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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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Evidence-Based Interventions for Juvenile Offenders and Juvenile Justice Policies that Support Them

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Turning Knowledge into Practice: A Manual for Human Service Administrators and Practitioners about Understanding and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices

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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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