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Toolkit on Diversion and Alternatives to Detention

Disability and Mental Illness

ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to global public health): High level segment 2009 - Side Event on 'Mental Health resources for Young Offenders (MHYO)', International Observatory on Juvenile Justice, July 2009 [Pdf 63kb]
Brief overview of the issues relevant to mental health and young offenders, including discussion on ethical issues, criminal responsibility and collaboration between the health and justice sectors.

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.



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