This issue brief discusses the mental health needs of youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system, how they come into contact with the system, and the evidence of the availability and quality of mental health services for such youth. The paper also explores public policy options for avoiding dependence on the juvenile justice system as a last resort for treating youth with mental disorders.
Koppelman, Jane, "Mental Health and Juvenile Justice: Moving Toward More Effective Systems of Care" (2005). National Health Policy Forum. Paper 151.