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OJJDP Bulletin Examines Behavioral Health Problems, Treatment, and Outcomes in Youth Offenders

June 3, 2014

Behavioral Health Problems, Treatment, and Outcomes in Serious Youthful OffendersOJJDP has released “Behavioral Health Problems, Treatment, and Outcomes in Serious Youthful Offenders,” the latest bulletin in the Pathways to Desistance series. This bulletin assesses the overlap between behavioral health problems and the risk of offending behavior in a sample of serious youthful offenders, the delivery of mental health and substance abuse treatment in juvenile justice settings, and continuation of care in the community after release. The authors also discuss the implications for juvenile justice policy and practice and recommend ways to direct mental health and treatment services to reduce future offending.

The findings are the result of the OJJDP cosponsored Pathways to Desistance study, which investigates the factors that lead serious juvenile offenders to cease or continue offending.

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View and download this bulletin and others in the Pathways to Desistance series