This resource guide from the Carter Center Mental Health Program aims to increase accurate reporting of behavioral health issues, decrease stereotypes, and help journalists better understand mental health and substance use issues and access expert resources.
Mental Health Publications
While the prevalence of behavioral health disorders decreases over time among youth after their release from juvenile detention, a substantial proportion of this population continue to have disorders, according to a bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Youth who have been detained in juvenile detention facilities have a mortality rate that is four times the rate of youth in the general population, according to the results of a longitudinal study featured in a bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
This study from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Forward Together, and Research Action Design looked at the apparent and hidden costs of incarceration for families, including fees and fines, the impact on mental and physical health, and challenges in maintaining relationships.
Behavioral health disorders among detained youth are often untreated, and part of the reason for this could be their perceived barriers to mental health services. In a study conducted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, nearly 60 percent of detained youth said they believed they could overcome their problems without treatment, while nearly one-third reported that they did not know where to get help, and nearly one-fifth said they had difficulty obtaining help.
This SAMHSA report describes the experiences, successes, and barriers encountered by a select group of state behavioral health agencies in adapting their service systems to address evolving changes in health care delivery and insurance.
An extensive data analysis coupled with over 50 in-person interviews with stakeholders in Salt Lake County’s justice and behavioral health systems led to the identification of key recommendations improve outcomes for people involved with the county’s criminal justice system, particular those with behavioral health disorders.
This issue of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Health Care Innovations Exchange features three programs that reduced emergency department use by providing community services for frequent 911 callers. In one featured program, Michigan Pathways to Better Health, community health workers partnered with emergency medical providers to identify and connect at-risk individuals to community-based medical and social services.
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.
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.