A National Survey of U.S. Juvenile Mental Health Courts
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Jun. 08, 2012
ANNOTATION: Results from a survey of juvenile mental health courts (JMHCs) in the United States are presented. Information is provided regarding: program characteristics—parent agency responsible, access points, organizations involved with the court, funding source, and multidisciplinary team members; and participant characteristics—age, race, sex, current offenses, and most common diagnosis. JMHCs primarily operate under the juvenile court with funding from the state. Participant offenses are mostly misdemeanors with bipolar disorder being the prevalent diagnosis. The major challenge facing JMHCs is that they “are being developed in the absence of systematically collected outcome data” (p. 134).