Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health

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Learn about the juvenile justice TA available to assist system of care communities, contact information for requesting TA, frequently asked questions and requested information, and other technical assistance available from the TA Partnership.

About the Juvenile Justice Technical Assistance Team

Simon Gonsoulin

Photo: Simon GonsoulinSimon Gonsoulin was the juvenile justice content specialist for the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health. With more than 30 years of experience in education, special education, and juvenile justice, he is an expert on issues related to juvenile justice education/administration and special education administration. As the former deputy secretary of the Office of Youth Development within the Governor's Cabinet in Louisiana, Mr. Gonsoulin served as the lead administrator for the State's juvenile justice system, including its secure care facilities, Statewide probation and parole functions, contracted community-based programming, and newly created stand-alone State agency of juvenile justice. He has also served as the State director of education for the same office. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gonsoulin worked in schools and classrooms as an instructor and principal. Simon is also the director of the National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, and At-Risk (NDTAC). NDTAC is a U.S. Department of Education-funded Center aimed at assisting states in meeting the educational and vocational needs of youth involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems as well as those at risk for such involvement.

Photo: Kim Helfgott

Nicholas Read was the juvenile justice technical assistance liaison for the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health. He has worked with and on behalf of youth of all ages for more than 10 years as a tutor, mentor, counselor, instructor, and researcher. On the Partnership, Nicholas worked with system of care communities to understand and provide resources to meet their needs in working to serve youth in or at risk of involvement with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Common Question Areas Related to Juvenile Justice

  • Advocating for the mental health needs of youth in the juvenile justice system
  • Building partnerships with juvenile justice
  • Cultural competence in juvenile justice
  • Community awareness of mental health challenges of youth in juvenile justice
  • Funding mental health services in juvenile justice
  • Girls in the juvenile justice system
  • Mental health screening, assessment, and treatment

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