• Welcome to the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change

  • Did you know that up to 70% percent of youth involved with the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health disorder?
    Click here to learn more.

  • Strategies can be implemented at almost any point in the juvenile processing continuum to safely divert youth with mental health needs to community-based alternatives. Check out strategies here.

  • Seeking to increase the involvement of family members with children in the juvenile justice system?
    Click here for help.

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change: A Training, Technical Assistance, and Education Center

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CFC’s Inaugural White Paper

Welcome to the website of the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change. The Collaborative for Change is a new, multi-dimensional Resource Center that shares information on mental health reforms developed by states involved with Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice and provides guidance for effectively implementing those reforms in new communities and states throughout the country.

The Collaborative for Change is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is coordinated by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research Associates, and is a member of the Models for Change Resource Center Partnership. Explore our site to discover what we offer!

  • In Their Own Words

    Wendy Luckenbill, Co-chair of the Family Involvement Committee of the Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers, discusses her experience with involving families in the juvenile justice system. For more information on family engagement, click here.