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National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

Added Feb 2, 2009

Policy Research, Inc.
345 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054

Phone (518) 439-7415

Fax (518) 439-7612

http://www.ncmhjj.com
ncmhjj@prainc.com

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice was established in 2001 in response to growing concerns about the care and treatment of youth with mental health problems who come in contact with the juvenile justice system.  Its mission is to assist the field in developing improved policies and programs for youth with mental health disorders in contact with the juvenile justice system, based on the best available research and practice.  The Center is operated by Policy Research, Inc. in Delmar, New York.

Partners and clients

The Center provides information and practical assistance to state and local policymakers, practitioners, and agencies interested in mental health and juvenile justice issues.  The Center also serves as a home to several interrelated projects supported by public and private organizations that focus on improving the response to youth with mental health needs who come in contact with the juvenile justice system.

Strategies and services

The Center uses a three-prong approach to link research, policy and practice in an interconnected loop of activity designed to help the field better understand and respond to the complex needs of these youth.  This includes 1) serving as a national focal point for the collection, development, and dissemination of information and resources on youth with mental health disorders who are involved with the juvenile justice system; 2) applying this information and various resources intensively in select jurisdictions to help guide and influence policy and practice and bring about improved services for these youth; and 3) using these experiences to inform and improve public policy ay the national, state and local levels.