ERIC Number: ED185459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec-21
Reference Count: 0
Report and Recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on the Mental Health of Juvenile Offenders. Final Edition.
Pennsylvania State Dept. of Public Welfare, Harrisburg.
The Governor's Task Force on the Mental Health of Juvenile Offenders in the state of Pennsylvania conducted a statewide survey of facilities for the care, treatment, and rehabilitation of adolescents between 12 and 18 years of age. The Task Force surveyed mental hospitals, community-based services, private psychiatric treatment centers, youth development centers, private training schools, county detention homes, day treatment centers, and youth forestry camps throughout the state as well as innovative approaches used by other states. Recommendations made by the Task Force to implement the delivery of mental health services to juvenile offenders centered on: (1) pre-adjudication/predisposition mental health services available to the juvenile court system; (2) provision of ambulatory mental health services at youth development centers and similar programs; (3) decentralized maximum security beds for hard core offenders and secure decentralized psychiatric inpatient beds; (4) establishment of aftercare services and a professional unit liaison with the Office of Social Services; and (5) a review of existing laws affecting juvenile offenders. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Public Welfare, Harrisburg.