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NCJ Number: 91425 Find in a Library
Title: Violent Mentally-Ill Juvenile Offender - Placement (From Research and the Serious Juvenile Offender, 1983, Tape 8 - See NCJ-91418)
Author(s): E Hartstone
Date Published: 1983
Sponsoring Agency: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
Sale Source: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This examination of the issues associated with the handling of violent, mentally-ill juvenile offenders considers the scope of the problem (percentage of violent, mentally-ill juvenile offenders), placements currently being used in the States, the nature of one program for such offenders in the Bronx, N.Y., and future research needs.
Abstract: Studies to date indicate there is a small percentage of violent, mentally-ill juveniles among the population of juvenile offenders; however, this small percentage causes serious problems for the juvenile justice and mental health systems. A review of alternative placements used by States for these offenders indicates that most States do not have special programs for these offenders. Most States keep them in State training schools or State mental hospitals, with little consensus about whether mental health or correctional authorities should operate the programs. In the Bronx, N.Y., the juvenile court, in conjunction with a mental health agency, developed a special program for violent, mentally-ill juvenile offenders. An evaluation of the program showed it to be more effective in treating such offenders than the customary processing; however, funding for the program was terminated. Research needs include (1) more information on the scope of the problem, (2) identification of the characteristics of violent, mentally-ill juvenile offenders, (3) identification of the characteristics of current approaches for caring for these offenders, and (4) a determination of the effectiveness of special programs targeting these offenders. Questions and answers following the presentation are included.
Index Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Mental health services; Mentally ill offenders; Violent juvenile offenders
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