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Advancing Juvenile Justice: Recommendations in Three Key Areas

Published Dec 8, 2014, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change, Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, Status Offense Reform Center

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As OJJDP considers how best to carry out its mission, three core issues stand out for their intense need, their proven potential for reform, and the opportunities they offer OJJDP to lead significant advances in the field:

  1. Implementing appropriate interventions for youth charged with status offenses such as truancy and running away from home.
  2. Improving the responses to justice-involved youth with mental health needs.
  3. Better coordinating care for dual status youth—those involved with both the child welfare and the  juvenile justice systems.

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