Weekly Mashup: News for the Week of February 8, 2016

//Weekly Mashup: News for the Week of February 8, 2016

Weekly Mashup: News for the Week of February 8, 2016

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Strengthening Our Future: Key Elements to Developing a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Diversion Program for Youth with Behavioral Health Conditions
National Center for Mental Health & Juvenile Justice – February 2016

The National Center for Mental Health & Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) and the Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. (TAC) have developed and released, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a report on the current understanding of child trauma in the context of juvenile justice. This report recognizes nine implementation domains essential to achieving a trauma-informed juvenile justice diversion program, and highlights case examples from Tennessee, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Georgia.  According to the report, an effective trauma-informed juvenile justice system requires “the use of treatment methods that will remediate symptoms associated with traumatic stress, promote healing and recovery, build protection and resilience, and address functional deficits.”

Why Are LA’s Foster Kids More Likely to Be Charged With Crimes?
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange – 2.10.16

The use of arrests to control the behavior of foster youth is an all-too-common practice in many group homes, according to a recent article by the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE). A report published in May 2015 by Denise C. Herz, an associate professor of criminal justice at Cal State LA, found that 32% of foster youth arrested in a 15-month period were living in group homes. Juvenile public defender Maureen Pacheco suggests that this may be a result of social workers “look

[ing] at the delinquency system as having the power to control these kids. And the control is they get locked up. They think of that as a traditional method of disciplining the kids.” Barbara Duey, an attorney for the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, agrees with Pacheco. She notes that when a foster youth is arrested in the group home system, the offense may likely be more serious than if the youth were arrested outside the system. Advocates in this arena hope that California’s Assembly Bill 403 will help ensure that foster youths are placed in more stable environments. The legislation, passed last year, will replace group homes with short-term residential facilities designed to temporarily provide support to young people with identified needs before returning them to a “family setting.”

Limits Again Sought on Youth Solitary Confinement in California
The Orange County Register – 2.9.16

Last month, President Obama announced that he is taking executive action to ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. However, in California, bills to limit the use of solitary confinement on young people “have stalled for four years amid objections from labor and law enforcement groups that run juvenile halls.” Senator Mark Leno  (D-San Francisco), is preparing to introduce a new version of his 2015 bill, SB 124, to curb the use of solitary confinement in state and county-run juvenile detention centers. This bill seeks to apply limits on the use of solitary confinement, but does not seek to ban the practice entirely, and would require facilities to document usage. In defending his efforts, Leno notes that “these children are in our system to begin with because they are troubled…they’ve got mental health issues when they come through our door, and we exacerbate their problem.”

Other Stories

Playing Offense: Behavioral Health Interventions During Adolescence Is Our Best Shot
Youth Today – 2.11.16

My Dad Killed Himself When I Was 13. He Hid His Depression. I Won’t Hide Mine.
Washington Post – 2.9.16

Opening Up About Depression
New York Times – 2.8.16

The Heartbreaking Text That Inspired A Crisis Help Line
TED – May 2015

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