Better mental health cuts involvement in juvenile justice--U.S. report.
The project team examined the ways improved mental health services affect justice involvement among juveniles treated in the public mental health system in a number of communities.
The analysis were based on administrative and interview data collected in 2 communities participating in the evaluation of a national initiative designed to improve mental health services for children and youths.
Results derived from a proportional hazard models suggested that better mental health services reduced the risks of initial and subsequent juvenile justice involvement by 31% and 28%, respectively. Effects were somewhat more pronounced for serious offenses.
The researchers included: E. Michael Foster and Amir Qaseem, Department of Health Policy and Administration, Pennsylvania State University, University Park and Tim Connor of Opinion Research Corporation (ORC), Atlanta.
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|Title Annotation:||Child & Family|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||May 17, 2004|
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