Who We Are

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) provides a national focal point aimed at improving policy and practice for youth with mental, substance use and trauma-related conditions—referred to as behavioral health conditions—who have come into contact with the juvenile justice system. To that end, the NCMHJJ:

  • COLLECTS, DEVELOPS, AND DISSEMINATES

    data and resources on youth with behavioral health needs in contact with the juvenile justice system

  • GUIDES AND INFLUENCES

    policy and practice in select jurisdictions to bring about improved services for youth through training and technical assistance

  • INFORMS AND IMPROVES PUBLIC POLICY

    to reflect the best available research and practice at the national, state, and local level

NCMHJJ was founded in 2001 by Joseph J. Cocozza, PhD, a national expert on juvenile justice and children’s mental health. Dr. Cocozza served as Director of the NCMHJJ from inception to his retirement in June 2016. We are forever grateful for his visionary leadership and the impact his nearly five decades of work had on the field.

NCMHJJ is operated by Policy Research, Inc. (PRI), a small, woman-run, not-for-profit corporation located in Delmar, New York, and incorporated in 1995. PRI’s work revolves around behavioral health services research and technical assistance provision.

Funding Partners

The NCMHJJ is supported with funding from foundations, federal and state agencies, and national organizations. This public and private support enables the NCMHJJ to engage in a wide variety of projects that promote systems change and improve outcomes for youth. The NCMHJJ is currently engaged in projects funded by the following:

Staff

NCMHJJ staff can be reached at 1-866-962-6455 or by email at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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Brittany D’Ambrosio

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Aly Feye

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Jacqui Greene

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Catherine Kramer

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Nicole Vincent-Roller

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Sam Wilcox

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