Friday, March 6, 2015 1:30 PM CST – 3:30 PM CST

Youth with mental health needs are often funneled into and through the juvenile justice system due to a mental health need that is unmet in the community. Although prevalence rates of juvenile justice involved youth with mental health needs differ depending on what point in the juvenile justice system the study is conducted (i.e. intake, detention, probation, or incarceration), most estimates of prevalence range from 50 to 75 percent, with approximately 20% to 25% having a serious emotional disorder. Consequently, the juvenile justice system is functioning as the de facto mental health system in many states and communities.

Research has begun to show that involvement of youth with mental health needs in the juvenile justice system has negative impacts on child and adolescent development and is a key indicator of future involvement in the system. These findings have lead national leaders and researchers to advocate for the intentional integration of juvenile justice into the system of care framework and that integrating system of care and juvenile justice should be a core strategy of juvenile justice reform. This webinar will provide an overview of the reasons for and implications of implementing juvenile justice into systems of care. Framed from a national, state, and local community perspective, it will also address why engaging the juvenile justice system is important and explore effective strategies for integrating juvenile justice into a system of care.

About the Presenters:

Erin M. Espinosa, Ph.D., currently serves as the primary Implementation Lead for the Texas System of Care and is a Research Associate within the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health (TIEMH) in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.

Roger Martinez is the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer for the Enrique H. Pena Juvenile Justice Center, County of El Paso Juvenile Probation Department.

Tegan Henke is the State Development Specialist for the Texas System of Care. In this role, she coordinates with state agencies, local communities and community members to shape the policies that will help sustain and support the system of care framework across Texas.

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