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

Epidemiological studies have found that youth involved with the juvenile justice system have notably higher than average rates of behavioral health disorders and higher than average rates of selected medical conditions,which partly reflects their risk-taking behavior. This brief focuses primarily on funding and delivery of care for behavioral health problems. When referring to youth in the justice system, we include youth anywhere in the justice continuum, from the point of contact with law enforcement to detention, probation, potential incarceration, and/or reentry into the community.