ERIC Number: ED478676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Funding Mental Health Services for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: Challenges and Opportunities.
Every year more than one million youth under the age of 18 in the United States come in contact with some aspect of the juvenile justice system. Of these children, it is estimated that up to 80 percent have diagnosable mental health disorders, and many also have co-occurring substance use disorders, making their diagnosis and treatment needs even more challenging. Yet, despite their obvious need for services, many of these children go without treatment, both in the community and during incarceration. One of the major barriers to accessing the critical treatment services required is lack of access to adequate funding. These funding issues are related to under-funded program initiatives, stringent eligibility criteria for certain programs, and confusion over whether the mental health, child welfare or juvenile justice systems are, or should be, responsible for payments. Regardless of the reasons for funding problems, research shows that economics play a decisive role in whether or not a youth gets timely and significant mental health support. This paper examines options for funding mental health services to youth in contact with the juvenile justice system, and profiles some specific initiatives. This document is designed to offer program administrators information on how to leverage funds to provide services to youth with mental health problems who are in contact with the juvenile justice system. (GCP)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Financial Support, Juvenile Justice, Mental Health, Outcomes of Treatment, Substance Abuse, Youth
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, Policy Research Associates, 345 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054. For full text: http://www.ncmhjj.com/pdfs/publications.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Produced by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice.