The WMHPC was committed to investigating the well-being of girls in local juvenile justice systems, and has proposed a set of activities that will assist local decision makers in developing appropriate sets of interventions and strategies to improve mental health services for those girls.
Development of an assessment tool to provide local decision makers with information about the needs in their programs.
Gender-specific training packages for regional or county delivery systems.
Increased funding for mental health treatment research specific to transition-age women and subgroups of those women.
Development of policy recommendations for targeting the needs of transition age young women in the Prevention and Early Intervention phase of the Mental Health Services Act.
Development of methods for capturing the voices of transition-age young women involved in juvenile justice systems.
Strengthen collaborations with such groups as the Multi-Association Join Committee (MAJC), a group of state associations that have established collaborative advocacy on behalf of youth in the juvenile justice system who have mental illness and/or substance abuse problems.