This Family Resources Inventory was compiled to assist the Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network States in the identification of publications and resources that address the barriers families and caretakers may face when a youth is involved in the juvenile justice system, and provide them with advocacy tips and information on how best to navigate the intricacies of the justice system. In addition, there are resources geared toward juvenile justice staff and policymakers that can assist in the reformation of policies and procedures to address barriers between families and the justice system and improve how systems interact with family and youth.

The Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network was established in 2007 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as a driving force for innovation and reform around how the juvenile justice system responds to youth with mental health needs. Coordinated by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, it represented a collaborative partnership of eight states, all working together to improve policies and practices for youth.

The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) originally developed and maintained this resource. The NCYOJ was operated by Policy Research, Inc. and operated from 2001 to 2022 and was formerly known as the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The NCYOJ improved life opportunities for youth through systems and practice improvement initiatives.

This resource should be viewed as a reference document. It has not been updated since its publication. In addition, this document has not been made 508 compliant. If you would like a 508 compliant version of this document, please email

This resource was first shared in 2011.

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