Using results from a 51-jurisdiction survey, this brief from the National Center for Juvenile Justice provides an overview of standardized mental health screening tools that are required at the state-level in juvenile detention, probation, and correction settings.
Mental Health Publications
This guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration equips professional care providers, including behavioral counselors, clinicians, and administrators, with information on providing care to people who have experienced trauma or are at risk of developing trauma stress reactions.
Adults who are white, American Indian or Alaska Native, or identify as two or more races are more likely to use mental health services than any other ethnicity, according to this report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Risk and needs assessment instruments, with a moderate level of accuracy, can predict who is at risk for violent reoffending, according to a research brief from the Congressional Research Service.
The report examines the sexual abuse to prison pipeline for girls, a phenomenon in which sexual abuse experienced by girls is one of the primary predictors of their involvement with the juvenile justice system.
Children with parents who are unemployed are more likely to become involved with the justice system, according to an article published in the Harvard Public Health Review. The article discusses the importance of employment for people returning home from incarceration and their families, and highlights how barriers to stable employment fuel poverty, recidivism, and, ultimately, poor health in vulnerable populations.
The brief provides recommendations on how to relieve the effects of incarceration on children and their families, including providing employment assistance for parents, both pre- and post-release; maintaining family ties and relationships during incarceration; implementing less restrictive visitation rules; and incarcerating people closer to their homes to help sustain family bonds.
This interactive map from the Legal Action Center provides state-by-state profiles on the health system and health care coverage options available in each state and in the District of Columbia.
Using data from the National Health Interview Survey, this report from the National Center for Health Statistics compares the prevalence of mental disorders among men of color with non-Hispanic white men.
The Justice Research and Statistics Association and the National Criminal Justice Association have launched an online resource that contains toolkits on evidence-based practices.