Financing Behavioral Health Services

While youth-serving systems are making great strides to provide needed behavioral health services and supports to young people in contact with the juvenile justice system, many states and local jurisdictions remain unsure of how to access and best use federal funding to support a comprehensive continuum of care.

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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

2015-2016

All States

Arkansas Kentucky Michigan Michigan Minnesota Mississippi New York State South Carolina Virginia

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

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Emerging Opportunities to Use Medicaid to Support Trauma Services in Schools

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Cross-Systems Mapping Flyer

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Implementation and Financing of Home- and Community-Based Services for Children’s Mental Health

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Toolkit for Expanding the System of Care Approach

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

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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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New Directions for Behavioral Health Funding and Implications for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System

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Mental Health Services in Juvenile Justice: Who pays? What gets paid for? And who gets to decide?

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Systems of Care Programs That Serve Youth Involved With the Juvenile Justice System: Funding and Sustainability

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Sustaining Change: A Models for Change Guidebook

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Findings from a Survey of Juvenile Justice and Medicaid Policies Affecting Children in the Juvenile Justice System: Inter-Agency Collaboration

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A Multi-Agency Approach to Using Medicaid to Meet the Health Needs of Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth

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Blueprint For Change: Funding Mental Health Services for Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System

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Funding Mental Health Services for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: Challenges and Opportunities

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