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NCJ Number: 251192 Find in a Library
Title: Disrupting School-Justice Pathways for Youth With Behavioral Health Needs
Author(s): Jacquelyn Greene Esq.; Olivia Allen
Corporate Author: National Ctr for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
United States of America
Date Published: October 2017
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Delmar, NY 12054
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2014-JZ-FX-K006
Sale Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This technical assistance bulletin provides an overview of the steps for implementing a “School Responder Model” (SRM), which has been shown to reduce the use of arrest for student problem behaviors while at school and increase access to behavioral health services for school-age youth with problem behaviors.
Abstract: The SRM was developed to address the prevalence of school use of exclusionary school discipline (suspension and expulsion) and police arrests at school for student problem behaviors. The SRM creates a pathway to community-based services in lieu of a youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system, thus addressing a youth’s behavioral health needs without requiring a law enforcement response to school infractions that pose a minimal threat to public safety. There are several key components to any SRM. First, a cross-systems team must come together to plan and implement the initiative, as well as monitor its operation. The team should consist of representatives from law enforcement, schools, community behavioral health, family support providers, and families and youth. Second, it is critical to the success of a SRM to foster family and youth participation in the alternative path of behavioral health services, which involves a screening and assessment process and commitment to the services prescribed. Third, all SRMs must develop a behavioral health responder in the school setting. The commitment of school personnel to access behavioral health resources rather than law enforcement personnel is the cornerstone of any SRM. Responder initiatives must be institutionalized through a formal structure for policies and procedures as well as training. The SRMs of Connecticut and Ohio are profiled. 5 figures and 21 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile mental health services
Index Term(s): alternatives to suspension; Crime in schools; Juvenile diversion programs; OJJDP grant-related documents; OJJDP Resources; School delinquency programs; School discipline; School health services; School influences on crime; School-Based Programs; School/Student Expulsion
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