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Being Incarcerated As A Juvenile Tied To Poor Health Years Later
Reuters – 1.23.17
A new study on the long term mental and physical effects of juvenile detention has found that incarceration for one to 12 months was linked to a 48% increased risk of poorer general health as an adult. Of 14,344 participants, those who were involved in the juvenile justice system for less than a month were 41% more likely to develop symptoms of depression in adulthood. According to researchers in Pediatrics, nearly 1.3 million youth under the age of 18 are arrested annually, and of those young people 46% require some form of immediate medical attention. Furthermore, 70% of incarcerated youth have at least one psychiatric condition. Ralph DiClemente of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, highlights the traumatic nature of juvenile detention and suggests alternatives to incarceration, such as community service or treatment and programs to promote healthy behaviors and decrease risk.
The article highlights the efforts of an online conversation simulation game, “At-Risk For College Students,” which aims to help young people recognize signs of psychological distress, anxiety and substance abuse, and seek professional help. To do this, the game teaches empathetic conversation skills and reinforces psychological counseling methods. One such method is motivational interviewing, which emphasizes conservation practices such as asking open-ended questions and active listening. Glenn Albright, psychologist and cofounder of Kognito, the company that developed the game, says “it’s the sad reality that a lot of people don’t know how to help people…how to identify those who are struggling, to approach them, talk to them and give them a level of comfort.”
With Group Homes Coming To An End, County Seeks Families To Care for Troubled Foster Kids
The Modesto Bee – 1.20.17
Nearly 3,000 of California’s 60,000 foster youth are placed in group homes for special therapy and support. Recent state-mandated reforms seek to reduce reliance on group homes and instead place foster kids in safe housing with relatives, foster parents or adoptive families who are trained and given professional support to meet the needs of these young people. New policies require that groups homes convert to licensed short-term therapeutic centers for children with serious emotional or behavioral needs. These centers will also provide 24-hour supervision and treatment, with the aim of returning youths to family settings. The reforms seek to provide in-depth training for foster families, create a uniform licensing process for foster homes and care providers, and provide in-home mental health counseling and parental training.
Minority Juvenile Offenders Face Inequities in Mental Health Treatment
Dallas News – 1.27.17
Beware of Lowering Expectations for Foster Youth
The Chronicle of Social Change – 1.27.17
Hawaii Bill Would Classify Homelessness as Medical Condition
The New York Times – 1.26.17
From Its Counterculture Roots, Haight Ashbury Free Clinic Morphs Into Health Care Conglomerate
Kaiser Health News – 1.25.17
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