News from the Field Related to Wraparound

This Rx for Depression Isn’t What You Think

July 30, 2015

A new study shows that walking in nature can have measurable benefits. It may also reduce the risk of depression.

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Teaching Emotional Awareness Reduces Juvenile Recidivism

July 17, 2015

Professor Stephanie Van Goozen, from Cardiff University’s School of Psychology, led the study where they found just two hours of an emotional awareness course might help reduce the seriousness of future crimes. Six months following the completion of the program, researchers noted a 44 percent drop in the seriousness of offenses.

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Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline

July 17, 2015

As many as 80 percent of the girls in some states’ juvenile justice systems have a history of sexual or physical abuse, according to a report released Thursday. The report, a rare examination of their plight, recommends that girls who have been sexually trafficked no longer be arrested on prostitution charges.

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Study: Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions Do Not Receive Treatment

June 10, 2015

The number of young people in the United States with mental health problems decreased in recent years and the rate of treatment increased, yet those with the most serious challenges still fail to get the treatment they need, according to a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Locking Up Juvenile Offenders Doesn’t Work

June 10, 2015

According to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, reduced sentences and community-based treatments for juvenile offenders are more effective than incarceration. The report also presents research showing that lengthy stays for juvenile offenders in out-of-home settings, like a correctional center or residential facility, are expensive for governments and fail to reduce young offenders’ risk of recidivism, making for a poor return on investment.

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Family Engagement in Connected Learning

June 10, 2015

This interview with the Harvard Family Research Project explores the concept of connected learning. It’s the idea that learning—whether in school, in afterschool programs, in online communities, in peer groups, or with the family—is most powerful when it is connected across the different settings where students participate. In connected learning, supportive mentors and like-minded peers motivate students to follow their individual interests to promote the development of skilled, passionate, lifelong learners.

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New SAMHSA App: Video demonstration of “Talk. They Hear You.”

May 12, 2015

SAMHSA has developed a new app to help parents have conversations with their kids about underage drinking. Watch this video demonstration to learn more about “Talk. They Hear You.”

Improving practices by understanding the effects of childhood stress

May 12, 2015

Numerous studies have concluded that childhood trauma is an all-too-common experience. Moreover, traumatic stress can have lasting impacts on health outcomes. This article, from the Juvenile Justice Exchange, seeks to translate knowledge about trauma into practices that improve results.

Out-of-home placements don’t improve outcomes for most youth

May 12, 2015

Research presented by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that lengthy, out-of-home placement for youth involved in the juvenile justice system cost more and are less effective than community supervision. Read more of the evidence here.

Training pediatric care professionals improves mental health care

May 12, 2015

A new study shows how training pediatric care professionals to screen for adolescent depression and suicide risk improves mental health care for this populations. Read more about the study from this summary.