Better Solutions for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System

Better Solutions for Youth with Mental health Needs in the Juvenile Justice SystemUp to 70 percent of all youth in contact with the juvenile justice system have diagnosable mental disorders. The juvenile justice system is not always the best or most appropriate place for these youth to access the services they need. This white paper from the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice presents community-based treatment interventions as an effective alternative to institutionalization. It also discusses the scope of this issue, evidence-based practices that can help, and community-based solutions for youth with mental health needs in the juvenile justice system. To view the white paper, click here.