Better Integrating Behavioral Health, Juvenile Justice Systems Will Rescue More Kids

A multisite study conducted by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice reported that among youth involved in the juvenile justice system:

  • 70 percent met criteria for a mental health disorder
  • 40 percent met criteria for a substance use disorder
  • 90 percent had been exposed to one or more traumatic events (such as abuse, neglect or witnessing violence).