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.
Willmantic Juvenile Probation
Willmantic Child, Youth and Family Support Center (CYFSC)
Stamford Adult Probation UNITY
Stamford Alternative Incarceration Center (AIC)
Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) Calcasieu Parish Office of JJ Services
Community and Public Health Initiatives
Fairfield County Juvenile Court
Summit County Juvenile Court
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.
2012-2013 – To learn more about specific projects, click on the respective state.
School responses to disruptive student behavior often do not address underlying behavioral health issues that are driving these incidents. Instead, children with behavioral health conditions are often marginalized through the use of exclusionary discipline policies that disrupt their education. These practices disadvantage youth and leave comprehensive school safety efforts without effective strategies to meet student… Read More
School responses to disruptive student behavior often do not address underlying behavioral health issues that are driving these incidents. Instead, children with behavioral health conditions are often marginalized through the use of exclusionary discipline policies that disrupt their education. These practices disadvantage youth and leave comprehensive school safety efforts without effective strategies to meet student and faculty needs for physical and psychological safety and well-being.
This comprehensive research study examines the impacts of two intervention strategies, the School-Justice-Mental Health Collaborative and the Adolescent Mental Health Training for School Resource Officers, on promoting school climate and school safety. Working in partnership with sixteen high schools in Louisiana and Michigan and program and research partners at the Child Health and Development Institute and Louisiana State University, this study will provide an evidence base for how training and collaboration between schools, law enforcement, and community-based providers to identify and treat mental health issues among students can positively impact school climate and school safety.
Diverting American Indian youth with behavioral health needs away from contact with the juvenile justice system to culturally relevant, community-based programs and services… Read More
Unfortunately, many American Indian youth end up in the juvenile justice system because they are exposed to risk factors that increase their chances of becoming involved in delinquency. American Indian communities often lack sufficient law enforcement services, have underfunded justice systems, and often do not have resources to provide prevention and diversion services.
There is a growing sentiment that whenever safe and possible, American Indian youth should be diverted to effective, culturally relevant community-based programs and services. To improve juvenile justice diversion policies and programs at tribal, state, and federal levels, it is necessary to:
This initiative brings together teams of community leaders from selected tribes to identify and implement innovative approaches for diverting youth with behavioral health needs to culturally relevant, community-based programs and services. Participating tribes develop action plans that will facilitate the implementation of strategies for identifying and diverting American Indian youth away from contact with the juvenile justice system.
This initiative is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.