ERIC Number: ED465249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Identification and Referral for Mental Health Services in Juvenile Detention.
Rogers, Kenneth M.; Pumariega, Andres J.; Cuffe, Steven P.
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that examined the mental health referral patterns of youth referred to a public sector mental health system as the result of a judicial consent decree. The study included two samples of youth ages 13-17 from the entire state of South Carolina. The first group included incarcerated youth recruited from the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (SCDJJ) central detention facility in Columbia (n=120). The second group included youth referred to South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) facilities as part of a judicial consent decree (n=120). Data were collected on both samples between January 1997 and December 1997. Findings from the study indicate there is a substantial level of need for mental health services among detained youth. Ninety-six percent of referred youth and 69 percent of incarcerated youth met criteria for a psychiatric disorder. The most common diagnostic category was disruptive disorder for both referred and detained youth. Referred youth were more likely to have affective diagnoses than detained youth; however, they were less likely to have a substance abuse disorder. Consistent with prior studies, African-American youth were referred for mental health services less often than were Caucasian youth. (Contains 16 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Adolescent Behavior, Adolescents, Behavior Disorders, Delinquency, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Disability Identification, Disproportionate Representation, Emotional Disturbances, Emotional Problems, Juvenile Courts, Juvenile Justice, Mental Disorders, Mental Health Programs, Racial Differences, Racial Discrimination, Referral
For full text: http://www.fmhi.usf.edu/institute/pubs/pdf/cfs/rtc/14thproceedings/14thchap4.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina