• 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 (2014)

Welcome to the website of the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change. The Collaborative for Change is a 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!

  • ADVANCING BEHAVIORAL-HEALTH-INFORMED PRACTICE IN SCHOOLS

     
    The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change (CFC) and National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) are leading multiple efforts to further school-based awareness of the intersection between adolescent mental health issues and the juvenile justice system. A recent article on the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange highlighted NCMHJJ’s ongoing work to advance school-based diversion, outlining two program models that emerged from the Models for Change Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network’s efforts, coordinated by NCMHJJ: Connecticut’s School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI), and Ohio’s Responder Model.
     

    In addition, the CFC is offering a new training designed to increase actionable awareness of adolescent behavioral health issues in schools. The Adolescent Mental Health Training for School Resources Officers (AMHT-SRO) is a two-day training curriculum that provides school resource officers and other school-based staff with essential information on adolescent development, behavioral health disorders, and conflict management. Click here to learn more about the training.

     

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