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Our focus on juvenile justice helps jurisdictions craft developmentally appropriate responses to the behavioral health needs of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. Our goal in working with jurisdictions is to generate better outcomes for vulnerable young people and maintain safety for youth and their families, youth-serving professionals, and communities. Our researched-based, data-driven initiatives improve life opportunities for youth through systems and practice improvements in communities, jurisdictions, and tribal nations.


This project is designed to develop a suite of stakeholder-informed resources to support the integration of youth engagement strategies in federal agencies and federally funded programs.

This project aims to improve life opportunities for youth by advancing policy and practice improvements that ensure the well-being of youth, families, and communities.

PRA’s sister firm, Policy Research, Inc. operated the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change (CfC) from 2013 to 2016. The CfC was a national technical assistance and training center that promoted and supported the replication of models and innovations to improve the response to youth with mental health needs involved with the juvenile justice system.