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NCJ Number: 203476 Find in a Library
Title: Analysis of Juvenile Justice Process and Treatment Providers in the Ninth Judicial District
Corporate Author: New Mexico Criminal and Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
United States of America
Date Published: November 2002
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: New Mexico Criminal and Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Sale Source: New Mexico Criminal and Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
2808 Central Avenue, SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Case Study
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study analyzed how existing juvenile treatment needs are determined and met in the Ninth Judicial District of New Mexico, which includes Curry and Roosevelt Counties.
Abstract: Data for the report were compiled through interviews with juvenile judges and representatives from the district attorney’s office, the public defender’s office, the Juvenile Probation/Parole office, local detention facilities, and treatment service providers. The report outlines judicial philosophy in these counties, observations about referrals, juvenile justice assessments, mental health treatment options, sex offender treatment options, crisis placement, educational services, enhanced supervision, detention, and challenges to meeting juvenile treatment needs. Analysis of the data suggests that there is a need for additional clinical assessment social workers in these counties. One clinical assessment social worker, who is based in Las Vegas, NM, 171 miles from Curry County, serves the 10th, 9th, and 4th Judicial Districts. As such, mental health assessments in these counties may be substantially delayed. Respondents voiced a strong need for transitional and reintegration programming for juveniles released from correctional facilities and residential treatment centers. While there are a number of options for outpatient treatment, there is a need for residential treatment programs and for inpatient mental health treatment services. There is a great need for inpatient treatment services for juveniles with severe psychiatric problems. Respondents agreed that there is a growing gang problem in the Ninth District and a shortage of effective gang interventions. Finally, there are no crisis shelter options in the Ninth District, forcing those in need to rely on services in other counties, putting a burden on youths and their families.
Main Term(s): State juvenile justice systems
Index Term(s): Juvenile correctional programs; Juvenile treatment evaluation; Local juvenile justice systems; New Mexico
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