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Report: Justice-involved youth experience mental and psychological challenges

March 9, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This article covers new research on the intersections of juvenile justice involvement and mental health.

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OJJDP Study Findings on Dual System Youth

May 8, 2019 | Emily Taylor

OJJDP’s Dual System Youth Design Study aimed to identify challenges, successes and best practices in cross-system collaboration for working with youth who have been involved with child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Researchers found that “dual system youth had higher rates of over-representation of African Americans and higher proportion of females,” and had “longer histories in child welfare with more placements and higher rates of recidivism than youth with involvement in just one system.” The project also resulted in a best practices recommendations for cross-system collaboration.

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Federal Commission on School Safety Resource Guide

January 16, 2019 | Emily Taylor

The Federal Commission on School Safety issued a 177-page report on school safety in December. Based on months of research including site visits to successful programs and expert testimony, the report offers findings and recommendations in three sections: Prevent; Protect & Mitigate, and Respond & Recover. The Prevent section includes recommendations on incorporating mental health programs in schools with details on existing programs and research based practices.

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Visit the school safety website for more details on the commission including field visits, listening sessions, etc.»

Child Trends Research: High-Quality Connections Can Protect At-Risk Youth

August 22, 2018 | Emily Taylor

This Child Trends research, funded through a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), focused on youth with dual involvement with child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and the relationship between child maltreatment and later delinquent and criminal behavior, as well as the impact potential protective factors. The results suggest that increasing the quality of these youths’ connections to their families, schools, and communities can reduce their engagement in criminal behavior, and reduce recidivism.

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New Research on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, Gender Nonconforming & Transgender (LGBQ/GNCT) Youth in the Justice System

October 3, 2017 | Emily Taylor

In an article published in the 2017 issue of the Harvard Kennedy School’s LGBTQ Policy Journal, Angela Irvine and Aisha Canfield examine new data on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, Gender Nonconforming, and Transgender (LGBQ/GNCT) Youth in the Justice System. The authors reviewed survey data collected during 2013-2014 from 1,400 youth in seven juvenile detention halls across the country. Of those surveyed, 40 percent of the female population and 13 percent of the male population were LGBQT and gender non-conforming. And 85 percent of the LGBQ/GNCT youth, are also youth of color. The article includes the authors’ recommendations for providing juvenile justice processes to better meet the needs of this population.

Read “Reflections on New National Data on LGBQ/GNCT Youth in the Justice System”»

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.

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