According to research, millions of youth nationwide become formally involved with the juvenile justice system. Of those youth, close to 70 percent are known to have at least one diagnosable mental health need, while up to 25 percent of this population suffers from emotional issues. Alternatively, these youth can be safely and effectively treated in community settings, but oftentimes they are not. California faces the same problem. The California Department of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Justice reports 225,000 youth are arrested in California each year. In response to this problem, The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) established The Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health Collaborative with the aim to heighten awareness of the behavioral health needs that exist among juvenile justice-involved youth and to strengthen system capacity to divert youth into appropriate treatment and services. The focus of the Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health Collaborative is on engaging the appropriate partners, addressing gaps in training, and developing policy recommendations for ultimately improving the outcomes of juvenile justice-involved youth and youth at-risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.
To learn more about the Juvenile Justice Collaborative please contact the project coordinator, Sheron Wright.
This Summit took place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the CSAC Conference Center in Sacramento, California. Materials from this event can be found below.
The school-to-prison pipeline is an epidemic that is plaguing schools across the nation. Far too often, students are suspended, expelled or even arrested for minor offenses. Such policies as Zero Tolerance disproportionately target students of color and those with a history of abuse, neglect, poverty or learning disabilities.
This webinar examines who makes up the juvenile justice population in California and the pathways into the juvenile justice system. Statistical data is presented on juvenile justice youth demographics, types of offenses, mental health diagnoses, substance use challenges, family histories, and the impact of certain school discipline policies.
This webinar features Functional Family Therapy (FFT) – an evidence-based model for youth and families. Presenters share implementation successes and challenges, engagement strategies and outcomes data from their program. The presentation will include a video clip featuring personal experiences with FFT from youth and family members.