Diverting juvenile justice-involved youth with behavioral health issues from detention: Preliminary findings from Ohio’s Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) Initiative
Source: Criminal Justice Policy Review
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: People in Recovery from Substance Use, People with Criminal Justice System Involvement, People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
Topics: Criminal or Juvenile Justice System, Recovery from Mental Health or Substance Use Disorders, Suicide Prevention
The study examines the BHJJ, a diversion program for youth with behavioral issues. Some of the research questions included are to characterize the youth in BHJJ, address whether youth experience improvements after concluding their participation and determine what factors can predict successful program completion and any future court involvement. Results show that BHJJ is a promising initiative at improving behavioral health outcomes and reducing recidivism among youth.