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NCJ Number: 201810 Find in a Library
Title: Potential Impacts of Proposed Budget Cuts to California's Juvenile Justice-involved and At-risk Youths With Mental Health Problems
Corporate Author: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
United States of America
Date Published: July 16, 2002
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Oakland, CA 94612
Sale Source: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
1970 Broadway, Suite 500
Oakland, CA 94612
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: News/Media
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report assesses the possible impact of California's proposed budget cuts on mental health services to youth involved or at-risk for involvement in the State's juvenile justice system.
Abstract: Prior to the budget cuts proposed in the governor's May 2002 budget revision, California had improved the way it cares for the mental health of youth in the juvenile justice system and youth at high risk for delinquency. Under several State and Federal programs and initiatives, these youth have received sorely needed mental health services. These programs result in safer communities, intact families, and ultimate cost-savings for the counties and State. The scope and quality of mental health services for these youth will deteriorate, however, if the proposed budget cuts become law. All of the improvements in mental health services that have been achieved will be erased; programs that require increased funding will instead lose funding. It is likely that, with targeted cuts in community-based mental health services, troubled youth with mental health needs will be placed in detention and group homes, which are more costly than the mental health services that will be cut. As of July 15, 2002, however, the California Senate passed a budget that rejected many of the proposed cuts that would do most harm to youth with mental health needs, and the Assembly appeared ready to follow suit. Still, nothing is settled in the legislature, and it is likely that some mental health services and programs will be cut or reduced before the final budget is approved. It is important that the legislators understand that the investment in mental health services for youth with problem behaviors will go a long way toward reducing the more costly use of institutionalization as a means of controlling untreated delinquent behaviors. This report identifies potential impacts of possible budget cuts on particular programs, namely, Children's System of Care, Medi-Cal and EPSDT (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment), Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act, Challenge Grant II, and other youth-focused and adult-focused programs. 15 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile mental health services
Index Term(s): California; Cutback management; Emotionally disturbed delinquents; Mentally ill offenders
Note: NCCD Focus, downloaded August 28, 2003.
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