Child & Youth Care Forum

, Volume 39, Issue 6, pp 465–479

Models to Guide System Reform for At-Risk Youth

  • Susan A. McCarter
  • Mason G. Haber
  • Donna Kazemi
Original Paper


Policy reform for at-risk youth is complicated by involvement of various service sectors. Issues related to coordinating systems of care in a dynamic policy environment are not new, but surprisingly little has been written to guide practitioners and policymakers in addressing them (Friedman in Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders 11:11–18, 2003). To that end, a social worker, community psychologist, and nurse, working as part of a multidisciplinary team reviewed the practice literature on models to guide policy reform in justice and behavioral health systems. Five models are presented to assist community practitioners assessing similar policy reform.


At-risk youth Juvenile justice Behavioral health Policy reform 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan A. McCarter
    • 1
  • Mason G. Haber
    • 2
  • Donna Kazemi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Social WorkUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA
  3. 3.School of NursingUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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