Addressing the needs of youth with co-occurring disorders in juvenile drug treatment courts
Recent findings indicate positive outcomes for youth participating in these courts, especially when practice adheres to evidence-based and best practices. Youth in the juvenile justice system present with disproportionately high prevalence rates of co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. Although these disorders may appear to exist independently, they interact within the individual and deepen the personal, social and justice challenges faced by Youth. Research has consistently shown that youth with co-occurring disorders present with greatest impairment in individual and academic functioning, have elevated risks of suicide, and have the worst treatment outcomes.
Courts that seek to include youth with co-occurring disorders must change policy and practice. This presentation will outline how this can be accomplished, bridging the gap from research to practice, in an effort to successfully include youth with co-occurring disorders in juvenile drug treatment courts.
Learning Areas:Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences
Discuss the challenges that juvenile drug treatment courts face in working with youth with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. Identify effective strategies to modify policies, and implement appropriate, research-based program and treatment models in an effort to successfully include youth with co-occurring disorders.
Keyword(s): Adolescents, Mental Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: At the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, I provide technical assistance, training and curriculum development, and systems analysis and other transformative planning supports. Current collaborative projects include justice program innovations with the Council of State Governments, addressing co-occurring disorders in Juvenile Drug Courts with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and providing “train-the-trainer” sessions to multiple local and state juvenile justice systems on behavioral health needs of court-involved youth.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.