Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 86–92

Prior Service Utilization in Detained Youth with Mental Health Needs

Authors

    • California School of Professional PsychologyAlliant International University
  • Emily B. Gerber
    • San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Shannon Casey
    • California School of Professional PsychologyAlliant International University
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10488-012-0438-4

Cite this article as:
Kates, E., Gerber, E.B. & Casey, S. Adm Policy Ment Health (2014) 41: 86. doi:10.1007/s10488-012-0438-4

Abstract

This study examined the prevalence of mental health needs and rates of service utilization among youth detained in a metropolitan juvenile justice system in California. Of the 345 youth in the sample, 265 (76.8 %) qualified for high or acute mental health need and 210 (60.9 %) had at least one prior contact with mental health services. No differences in mental health need were found across ethnicities; however rates of prior service utilization significantly differed (χ2 = 19.18, p < 0.001). Asian and Pacific Islander participants were less likely to have had prior contact with county services than any other ethnic group.

Keywords

Juvenile justice Community mental health services Adolescence (13-17) Racial and ethnic differences

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