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National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice August 2005 report on Juvenile Mental Health Courts from around the U.S. with contact information for each program.



Below is a link to a discussion by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, an advocacy group for people with mental illnesses, about juvenile mental health courts. The TA Center link goes to a word version of the article. http://www.bazelon.org/issues/criminalization/publications/mentalhealthcourts/juvenilemhcourts.htm



This newspaper article is about a juvenile mental health court that opened in Cuyahoga, Ohio. The link to the article and discussion board is below. http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2007/12/cuyahoga_juvenile_court_launch.html



A National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice overview of juvenile mental health courts by the GAINS Center in Albany New York.



Story about a new juvenile MHC in Jefferson County, Colorado. Below is a link to the web version. http://mentalhopenews.blogspot.com/2008/03/2nd-chance-for-mentally-ill-teens.html



This guide includes a series of recommendations in three areas—screening and assessment (Chapter 2), treatment (Chapter 3), and outcome monitoring (Chapter 4)—that highlight key components of a juvenile drug court that should be in place if the JDC wants to maximize the effectiveness of its programs. These recommendations emulate the assessment, treatment and program monitoring characteristics of a “model” juvenile drug court and reflect the goals of the Louisiana Supreme Court Drug Court Office that were developed as part of its Models for Change project.



Juvenile Mental Health Courts (JMHCs) provide case management and support to youth in the juvenile justice system with behavioral health needs. These courts focus on treatment and rehabilitation, and help to divert youth from juvenile detention facilities to community-based services in their local systems of care. Policy Research Associates (PRA), which also operates SAMHSA’s GAINS Center, conducted a National Survey of U.S. Juvenile Mental Health Courts. This national survey resulted in this Psychiatric Services article of the same name, which provides more information about these courts.



This report highlights a project to encourage juvenile treatment drug court as an alternative to incarceration. It also provides information on the prevalence of young adult prescription drug abuse, a community program to prevent underage drinking, substance abuse in tribes, and resources to help providers navigate health reform.