Youth With Mental Health Disorders in the Juvenile Justice System: Results From a Multi-State Prevalence Study summarizes the results of a study conducted by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice.

The primary goal of this research endeavor was to comprehensively examine the prevalence of behavioral health conditions among youth involved with the juvenile justice system by collecting information on youth from three previously understudied areas of the country. As a result, three states—Louisiana, Texas, and Washington—were selected to represent these understudied areas. In each state, data were collected on youth from three different juvenile justice settings: community-based programs, detention centers, and secure residential facilities. Overall, data were collected on over 1,400 youth from 29 different programs and facilities. In addition, girls, and certain marginalized youth (Hispanic and Native American people) were oversampled in an effort to improve the knowledge base regarding these understudied populations.

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.

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This resource was first shared in 2006.

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