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Juvenile Justice & Child Welfare
Juvenile Justice & Mental Health

A Focus Group Report: A Conversation with CIT Trained School Resource Officers
A focus group report that outlines the valuable feedback, input and thoughts School Resource Officers provided during a focus group NAMI hosted in Lake Charles, La. The report includes recommendations on topics that NAMI believes should be covered in CIT for Youth training and changes that should be made in schools and other child-serving systems to improve the school environment for SROs, school staff and all students, especially those living with mental health needs.

The Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Statement of Principles
NAMI signed onto a Statement of Principles urging Congress to adhere to several key principles when approaching the Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).

Residential Treatment Programs: Concerns Regarding Abuse and Death in Certain Programs for Troubled Youth

Blueprint for Change: A Model for Youth Mental HealthCare in Juvenile Justice Systems
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice has released the Blueprint for Change: A Comprehensive Model for the Identification and Treatment of Youth with Mental Health Needs in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System.

Juvenile Detention Centers: Are They Warehousing Children with Mental Illnesses?
NAMI's statement on the use of Juvenile Detention Centers to serve as mental health facilities for children and adolescents with mental illnesses.

NAMI Calls for Juvenile Justice Reform
Find out what you can do to prevent children with mental illnesses from ending up in the Juvenile Justice System for treatment.

New Strategies to Meet the Needs of Children with Mental Illnesses in the Juvenile Justice System
The Research & Training Center of Family Support and Children's Mental Health has published the latest edition of "Focal Point." This issue describes the need for, and provides examples of, new strategies for meeting the mental health needs of children and adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system.

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