Research Overview

Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice

Research Overview

Our work centers on determining the prevalence of mental health and substance disorders within the juvenile justice system, identifying the components needed to achieve smoother transitions between community juvenile justice agencies and their behavioral health partners, and developing protocols and approaches to best serve youth within the system.

We have developed engaging cross-training approaches for juvenile justice practitioners to acquaint them with best practices, based on current mental health research. We have also developed training and linkage protocols to promote family engagement in the transition from community juvenile justice agencies to behavioral health service providers.

The work of the center has had a major impact on the delivery of state and local services for youth within the justice system as well as on policy and research priorities nationwide.