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  NCJ Number: NCJ 241913     Find in a Library
  Title: Overview of the Special Needs Diversionary Program for Mentally Ill Juvenile Offenders, Fiscal Year 2010
  Document URL: PDF 
  Corporate Author: Texas Juvenile Probation Cmssn
United States of America
  Date Published: 12/2010
  Page Count: 31
  Annotation: This report examines the prevalence of mentally ill offenders in the Texas juvenile justice system in fiscal year (FY) 2008, the number of juveniles served, and types of services provided in the Special Needs Diversionary Program (SNDP), which was created in 2001 to provide mental health treatment and specialized supervision.
  Abstract: In FY 2008, an estimated 33 percent of juveniles under supervision were assessed as mentally ill. Of those juveniles, only 37 percent received mental health services in FY 2008. In FY 2010, SNDP served 1,400 juveniles with 19 programs that encompassed 21 departments and 26 Texas counties. The most common diagnoses for SNDP participants in FY 2010 was attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder; 16 percent had a dual diagnosis that involved a mental disorder and substance abuse. Seventy-three percent of juveniles discharged from SNDP in FY 2010 successfully completed the program, and 76 percent of those starting in FY 2009 successfully completed the program. Twenty-nine percent of those starting SNDP in FY 2009 were sent to the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) within 1 year; and 17 percent of those starting SNDP were sent to residential placement within 1 year. Forty-two percent of those starting SNDP in FY 2009 reoffended within 1 year; 36 percent of those starting SNDP in FY 2009 and who successfully completed the program reoffended within 1 year. Juveniles who received cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy, psychological services, or individual therapy had much lower reoffending rates (28 percent - 34 percent) than other participants. Also, juveniles who received vocational or education/mentor services had much lower re-offense rates than other juveniles. 10 figures and 26 tables
  Main Term(s): Juvenile diversion programs
  Index Term(s): Mentally ill offenders ; Mental disorders ; Juvenile mental health services ; Texas
  Sale Source: Texas Juvenile Probation Cmssn
4900 North Lamar Boulevard
P.O. Box 13547
Austin, TX 78711-3547
United States of America
  Type: Program/Project Description
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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