Toolkit on Diversion and Alternatives to Detention

Substance Abuse

USA - 'Evidence-Based Practice Recommendations for Juvenile Drug Courts', National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice in collaboration with the Louisiana Supreme Court Drug Court Office, July 2009 [Pdf 428kb]
Recommendations as a starting point for juvenile drug courts looking to improve the screening and assessment, treatment, and outcome monitoring aspects of their courts. "Juvenile drug courts are encouraged to use these recommendations to conduct a self-assessment of the assessment, treatment, and outcome monitoring aspects of their court, and to use the results of that assessment as a basis for identifying and implementing strategies to further strengthen their programs."

USA - 'Youth with Mental Health Disorders in the Juvenile Justice System: Results from a Multi-State Prevalence Study' Jennie L. Shufelt & Joseph J. Cocozza, National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, June 2006 [Pdf 347kb]
Paper summarising the results of a study described as "the most comprehensive mental health prevalence study to date on youth involved with the juvenile justice system", funded by the US Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Includes findings relevant for mental health, substance abuse and gender.

'Suitability of Assessment Instruments for Delinquent Girls', Susan Brumbaugh, Jennifer L. Hardison Walters, and Laura A. Winterfield, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (US Department of Justice), from the 'Girls Study Group Series', October 2009 [Pdf 1.44Mb]
Review determining the extent to which assessment instruments used with at-risk and justice-involved youth are equally appropriate and effective in assessing girls and boys. Includes - amongst other things - review of instruments used prior to sentencing (to inform placement decisions or identify youth who may be appropriate candidates for diversion programs), for substance abuse and mental health. Provides guidelines for practitioners on how to select such instruments.

UK - 'Teen alcohol crackdown 'success'', BBC News article (online) 15 October 2009 [Word 28kb]
Media coverage of the results of a £1.4 million (GBP) campaign to tackle teenage 'binge drinking' in 69 'priority areas' of England between July and September 2009.


 

 

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