With the collapse of public mental health services for children and adolescents in the '90s, the juvenile justice system became the dumping ground for youth with mental disorders. Bernalillo County, New Mexico, took aggressive steps to stop this travesty by opening its own mental health clinic for the juvenile justice population. 

November 29, 2013

JDAI Practice Guides Collection

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The nuts and bolts of establishing a mental health clinic for court-involved youth.

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    Why mental health treatment is critical to keeping kids out of jail.

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    How the overall success of juvenile detention reform is linked with mental health reform.

  4. 4

    The progress and pitfalls of becoming a model site in Casey's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI).

Key Takeaway

Bernalillo County’s detention center’s outpatient mental health clinic is specifically designed to focus on and work with a juvenile justice population.

All JDAI sites should take whatever steps are required to ensure that youth retain Medicaid coverage while detained and can receive the mental health care they need upon release.

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