Prior Service Utilization in Detained Youth with Mental Health Needs

Original Article

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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologyAlliant International UniversitySan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.San Francisco Department of Public HealthSan FranciscoUSA

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