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ERIC Number: ED453465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 117
Abstractor: N/A
Handle with Care: Serving the Mental Health Needs of Young Offenders. Enclosed: Coalition for Juvenile Justice 2000 Annual Report. The Sixteenth Annual Report to the President, the Congress, and the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Washington, DC.
At some point, one out of every five children will need help containing and managing strong emotions or severe stress. Problems multiply when these youth break the law. Too often children with mental health problems are locked away instead of receiving appropriate treatment. An estimated 50-75% of youth in detention facilities suffer from mental health problems and without treatment, they are likely to become more vulnerable, more volatile, and more dangerous to themselves and others. This annual report of the Coalition of Juvenile Justice illustrates findings from a year-long investigation into the scope of mental health concerns and services in the juvenile justice system. It explains systematic shortcomings and a lack of effective, integrated mental health assessment and treatment services. The report explains why parents may be forced to surrender their children to the juvenile courts because they cannot receive assistance. It reveals how poverty, race, gender, and sexual orientation may block young offenders from accessing services. Treatment methods that focus on rebuilding a child's family structure along with providing the child with intensive therapy have reduced recidivism by as much as 80%. Several recommendations are provided for leaders and administrators on ways to empower families, while at the same time providing wide access to high quality mental health assessment and treatment services. (Contains 95 references.) (JDM)
Coalition for Juvenile Justice, 1211 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 414, Washington, DC 20036 ($5). Tel: 202-467-0864; Fax: 202-887-0738; Web site:; e-mail:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Report prescribed by Section 241 (f)(2)(C), (D) and (E) of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended.