Over the past decade, the juvenile crime rate has dropped significantly and the number of youth in the “deep end” of the system (i.e., those committed to correctional agencies and placed in residential facilities) has decreased. These positive advances in the juvenile justice system are bringing a vulnerable population into sharp focus: adolescents suffering from mental illness. A new article published in Focal Point and authored by CJJR’s Shay Bilchik, Michael Umpierre, and Carly Lenhoff, discusses the challenges faced by youth with mental health issues who are placed in residential facilities and recommends strategies for enhancing policy and practice to better serve the population.
Titled “A Roadmap for Change: How Juvenile Justice Facilities Can Better Serve Youth with Mental Health Issues,” this article offers seven recommendations for shaping an approach within residential care facilities and upon community reentry that is designed to meet the needs of youth with mental health issues.
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