Juvenile Justice Archives - NWI

Latest KSOC-TV Episode Available: Diverting to Treatment: Community Policing and Supporting Youth with Mental Health Needs

November 30, 2016 | Emily Taylor

The latest episode of KSOC-TV (Knowledge Network for Systems of Care TV), SAMHSA’s web-based technical assistance program featuring behavioral health experts, is available now. “Diverting to Treatment: Community Policing and Supporting Youth with Mental Health Needs” explores the changing role of law enforcement in supporting youth and young adults with mental health needs.

Watch the discussion on law enforcement supporting youth and young adults with mental health needs&raquo:

Counsel or Criminalize? Why Students of Color Need Supports, Not Suspensions

October 12, 2016 | Emily Taylor

This report from the Center for American Progress outlines issues facing students of color, including greater likelihood of traumatic experiences and poverty, lack of school-based services and “higher incidence of suspension, expulsion, and even contact with law enforcement.” The report also provides policy recommendations to address these issues.

Read the report on the need for improved mental health supports in schools»

FosterClub AllStars on National Child Welfare Policy

September 14, 2016 | Emily Taylor

In this column, David Samuel Hall of FosterClub All-Stars, a group of foster youth advocates, shares his perspective on the need for legislation to improve the child welfare system. A former foster youth, he shares that he believes mental health services and Wraparound services “would have completely changed” his story.

Read David Samuel Hall’s perspective on needed child welfare improvements»

Policing the Teenage Brain

September 12, 2016 | Emily Taylor

In this Atlantic interview, Lisa Thurau, founder and executive director of Strategies for Youth discusses the positive impact of their training program for police on youth mental health. In Cambridge, the program led to a 65 percent decline in juvenile arrests and an 80 percent decline in runaways.

Read the article about the benefits of training police on youth mental health issues»

The Need for Trauma-Informed Care

July 29, 2016 | Emily Taylor

In this article, Beverly Tobiason Psy.D., clinical director at Pima County Juvenile Court Center in Tucson, Arizona, describes something she’s seen frequently in her work: a diagnostic disconnect between trauma experiences and disruptive behavior disorders.

Read the article on providing trauma-informed care»

Developing Trauma Informed Juvenile Justice Diversion Programs

February 18, 2016 | Halley Doherty-Gary

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice recently produced “Strengthening Our Future: Key Elements to Developing a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Diversion Program for Youth with Behavioral Health Conditions.” This report presents the current understanding of child trauma within juvenile justice and identifies 9 key considerations in achieving a trauma informed diversion program.

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Why are so many children on antipsychotic drugs?

January 12, 2016 | Halley Doherty-Gary

Philadelphia magazine has printed an article discussing the alarming rate of antipsychotic medications prescribed across the country to children with no symptoms of psychosis. The article dives in to the number of children who are being prescribed antipsychotic medications for common issues such as ADHD and how antipsychotic prescriptions for children and youths have grown at a greater rate than those for all other psych drugs, including stimulants. The article goes on to discuss how child advocates and state legislators are taking a needed closer look at this issue and addressing the stark reality of findings behind the reasons.

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Teaching “Soft Skills” to Kids Pays Off

January 8, 2016 | John Ossowski

This article describes findings from research on an intervention for children at high risk of developing behavior problems. Teaching “soft skills” (like self-control and other social skills) to children was found to reduce delinquency and juvenile justice arrests later on.

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Report: Increase in youth drug overdose deaths in 35 states

December 7, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

In the past decade, youth drug overdose deaths increased dramatically in 35 states. This report ranks states on their actions to curb teen substance use among people ages 12–25 in the United States between 1999 and 2013. It also includes a link to a full report on the most effective strategies for preventing teen substance misuse.

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Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works >>

“Girls Court,” a new approach to girls in juvenile justice

October 19, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

A court experiment in Florida, Girls Court, attempts to help delinquent girls by promoting rehabilitation rather than incarceration.

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