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New Directions for Behavioral Health Funding and Implications for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System

NCJ Number
Alison Evans Cuellar Ph.D.
Date Published
January 2012
17 pages
This document, produced by the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health, provides information for obtaining behavioral health funding for programs dealing with youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
This document focuses on funding sources available for the delivery of care for youth with behavioral health problems who are involved with the juvenile justice system. The report identifies several major funding streams that juvenile justice personnel can use to support mental health services for youth involved in the system. These sources include Federal funds, Federal-State partnerships, State programs, and private financing mechanisms. The report presents a brief overview of the history of funding for mental health services for youth, along with recent changes that could significantly impact current funding. The Federal funds identified include grants administered through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, direct services administered by the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, and funds available through the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act. Additional funding is available through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, along with funding from private health insurance plans. The report also provides information on the different types of facilities available that provide mental health services to youth involved with the juvenile justice system. Implications for policy are discussed. References