Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health

Juvenile Justice

Many young people in the juvenile justice system experience mental health challenges, and incarceration is often a response to juvenile crime associated with existing mental health problems. Learn about the mental health needs of children, youth, and families involved with the juvenile justice system within your community and learn how to effectively work to address those needs. Access up-to-date information, events, funding opportunities, and resources for the juvenile justice system and for addressing the mental health needs of children and families involved with the system.

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Featured Publications

Homelessness Among U.S. Youth (PDF)

The National Center on Family Homelessness (2013)

Between 500,000 and 1.7 million unaccompanied youth experience homelessness for at least one night each year. Homelessness is a devastating experience that has a significant negative impact on well-being, functioning, development, physical and mental health, and life trajectory. Systems of care serving youth who are homeless or at risk can provide and connect services among programs to support long-term stability and well-being while working to prevent and end homelessness for youth in the system. Homelessness Among U.S. Youth outlines the challenges and needs of youth who are homeless, discusses a trauma-informed approach to providing services, offers strategies for developing individual service plans, and provides additional resources.

Integrating and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care Across Diverse Service Systems (PDF)

Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (2013)

Addresses the need of a trauma-informed approach to all systems serving children, youth, and their caregivers; highlights the extent and impact of trauma in the lives of children and youth across various service systems; identifies the core principles and key components of trauma-informed care; and provides tips and resources for adopting and sustaining a trauma-informed approach across systems of care.

Report CoverFeedback Juvenile Justice Resource Series

Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health

Developed to help system of care communities meet the unique mental health and related needs of young people involved or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system. The briefs cover both general topics such as collaboration and funding and more specific areas such as mental health and risk screening and assessment.