The prevalence of mental health needs among at-risk youth and youth who find themselves in the juvenile justice system continues to be an area meriting greater attention. Recent studies have found that roughly 7 of 10 youth in juvenile justice settings have a mental illness compared to 2 of 10 youth in the general population. The co-occurrence of mental health issues with trauma and/or substance abuse calls for professionals in juvenile justice facilities and community-based settings to design and implement integrated prevention and intervention approaches aimed at improving the likelihood of better life outcomes for these youth, including educational outcomes. This webinar also coincides with the release of NDTAC's latest brief -- Mental Health in Juvenile Justice: A Review of Prevalence, Promising Practices and Areas for Improvement. This brief brings together information and links to important resources that can assist juvenile justice facility and community-based professionals in designing effective mental health programming for at-risk youth and youthful offenders. This webinar provided overviews of:
- The prevalence and potential negative effects of behavioral health conditions on children and youth
- Signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders
- Promising collaborative regional and local approaches to high-quality mental health screening, assessment and treatment delivery that focus on successful diversion, transition and reentry.
- Karli Keator, MPH – Director, National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
- Joshua Campbell, CAC, CCS – Manager, Multi Agency Resource Center, Calcasieu Parish (LA) Police Jury, Office Juvenile Justice Services
- Becky Edwards, MA – Director, Fairfield County (OH) Juvenile Court Assessment and Intervention Center