• 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

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!

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In Their Own Words

  • How can judges help youth involved with the juvenile justice system who have mental health and substance use needs? In this video, Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio of the Summit County, Ohio, Juvenile Court, discusses the importance of judicial leadership in a community looking to improve its service and system response to youth with behavioral health needs.

    A recent article by Judge Teodosio and Kathleen Skowrya of the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, published in the 2014 edition of Trends in State Courts, further describes how juvenile court judges are uniquely positioned to lead or support efforts to develop improved policies and service delivery strategies for these youth. Trends in State Courts is a publication of the National Center for State Courts.

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