Check out the newly launched Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change: A Training Technical Assistance, and Education Center, which is operated by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and is one of four Models for Change resource center partnership. See some of the first publications:
A recently published white paper, Better Solutions for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System discusses the challenge of addressing the needs of children when “up to 70 percent of all youth in contact with the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health disorder.”
Addressing the school-to-prison pipeline for mentally ill children, Schools Turn to Treatment, Not Punishment, for Children with Mental Health Needs by Giudi Weiss and Kathleen Skowyra (December 12, 2013), suggests using staff to help the child and his or her family connect with needed services, instead of a referral to the juvenile court.
A one-day Mental Health Training Curriculum for Juvenile Justice is also available for those professionals who are in routine contact with youth, such as probation officers and community correction staff.
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