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Service Availability Increased in Juvenile Residential Placement Facilities

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Date Published
May 2018
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This data snapshot presents trend data on juvenile residential placement facilities' screening of all youth for specified service needs and onsite treatment services between 2000 and 2016, as well as data on their onsite services for mental health and substance abuse in 2016.


Between 2000 and 2016, the screening of all youth for service needs increased. Specifically, screening for suicide risk increased from 61 percent to 93 percent; screening for education needs increased from 78 percent to 88 percent; screening for substance abuse increased from 60 percent to 74 percent; and screening for mental health needs increased from 47 percent to 60 percent. Juvenile residential facilities were more likely to screen youth within 1 week of admission for all of the aforementioned services. The percentage of facilities providing mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, and sex offender treatment generally increased from 2000 through 2016; however, treatment services for violent offenders was delivered at 20 percent of facilities in 2000, decreasing a few percentage points by 2006 and then peaking at 22 percent in 2012, only to return to 20 percent of facilities in 2016. Among facilities that provided onsite mental health services in 2016, 87 percent were public facilities, and 84 percent were private facilities. Of facilities providing onsite services in 2016, long-term secure facilities were more likely to provide mental health and substance abuse services compared to detention centers, reception/diagnostic centers, group homes, and residential treatment centers. 5 figures

Date Published: May 1, 2018