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NCJ Number: 170386 Find in a Library
Title: We Built Them and They Came: New Insights for Managing Ohio's Aggressive Juvenile Offenders with Mental Illness
Journal: Corrections Management Quarterly  Volume:1  Issue:4  Dated:(Fall 1997)  Pages:19-27
Author(s): L A Underwood; W C Mullan; C L Walter
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 9
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the Ohio Department of Youth Services' program to address the needs of aggressive mentally ill juvenile offenders.
Abstract: Psychiatric and behavioral disorders of juvenile offenders involved in Ohio's juvenile justice system are a significant concern for corrections and clinical managers. Generally, juvenile offenders have co-occurring problems to conduct disorders, such as substance abuse, histories of violence, and major psychiatric disorders, which bring about a new type of juvenile offender: the aggressive mentally ill. The Ohio Department of Youth Services has created a continuum of mental health services to address the needs of these juveniles, including: (1) a diagnostic and assessment center, Circleville Youth Center; (2) a 240-bed coed facility with staff members who are specially trained in mental health strategies and interventions; (3) four mental health units to provide individualized mental health services for non-acute or chronically mentally ill juveniles; and (4) a 42-bed institution for juveniles with depressed intelligence and functional deficits. These services are not as clinically powerful as community-based mental health services. Incarceration and juvenile justice is accompanied by a strong set of precepts, making it difficult for treatment professionals to attend fully to the mental health problems of offenders. At best, the system has an organized infrastructure for mental health services to be triaged for timely programs. References
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Aggression; Corrections; Juvenile mental health services; Mental health services; Mentally ill offenders; Offender mental health services; Offenders with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities; Ohio; Persons with cognitive disabilities; Violent juvenile offenders
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