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NCJ Number: 207117 Find in a Library
Title: Mental Health Treatment for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Compendium of Promising Practices
Corporate Author: National Mental Health Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL 60603
National Mental Health Assoc
Arlington, VA 22209
Sale Source: National Mental Health Assoc
1800 N Kent Street
Arlington, VA 22209
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This compendium of promising practices and programs that provide mental health services for youth in the juvenile justice system focuses on types of therapy, mental health treatment for special juvenile populations, promising existing programs, and ineffective policies.
Abstract: An introductory overview notes the higher rates of mental health disorders among youth in the juvenile justice system compared with youth in the general population, and it outlines the values and principles for mental health services to this population as well as a service continuum. This overview is followed by descriptions of promising mental health therapies. Generally, the most effective therapies are highly structured, intensive, and focus on social-skill development, behavioral change, and attitude and perceptual change. The treatment methods discussed are multisystemic therapy, functional family therapy, "wraparound," cognitive-behavioral therapy, and multidimensional treatment foster care. Given the importance of tailoring treatment to the population to be served, one section of the compendium addresses treatment for the following special youth populations: youth with co-occurring disorders, adolescent girls, and youth of color. Another section profiles 11 promising programs that are currently operating to treat juvenile mental health disorders. Included in this section is a presentation of treatment recommendations for the use of antipsychotics for aggressive youth. In identifying ineffective policies, the compendium discusses the punishment of juveniles in adult prison, youth curfew laws, and juvenile boot camps. 65 notes
Main Term(s): Juvenile mental health services
Index Term(s): Female juvenile delinquents; Juvenile treatment methods; Mental health; Mental health services; Mentally ill offenders; Minority juvenile offenders; Offender mental health services; Treatment effectiveness
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