- Introduction to Mental Health & Trauma Informed Practices
A collection of programs that have been researched in terms of working with youthful offenders; searchable for mental health issues, programs for girls, and other groups that may be of interest to you. OJJDP has recently added a link to Implementation Guides – called iGuides – to complement the Model Programs Guide.Visit Website
Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) have been identified in Wisconsin and nationally as having significant, negative impact on adult health and well-being outcomes. Adult reports of ACE are linked to increased likelihood of serious medical conditions, mental health problems, alcohol and drug abuse, suicide, and homelessness, to name just a few. Several organizations are actively partnering in their work with children and families to identify and address the impact of past adversity and trauma on their clients’ current health, safety and well-being. Increasing trauma awareness and effective interventions within our communities and practice is critical to achieving healthy outcomes for the families we serve.
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, developed by the University of Colorado, provides a registry of evidence-based positive youth development programs designed to promote the health and well-being of children and teens. You can also search this site for programs that target a variety of issues, including delinquency, substance abuse, truancy, and race/gender.
Crime Solutions.gov is an interactive site developed and maintained by the National Institute of Justice in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The site includes information on over 200 programs and practices that have been used in working with youth and provides information about whether or not the program has been proven effective, promising, or mixed/no results.Visit Website
Published by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2015) outlines a conceptual and basic operational framework for trauma-informed courtsVisit Website
A policy brief from the Justice Policy Institute that explains Why Investing in Trauma-Informed Care for Children Makes Sense (July 2010)Visit Website
Screening and Assessment in Juvenile Justice Systems: Identifying Mental Health Needs and Risk of Reoffending
A 2012 publication done by Dr. Gina Vincent is available through the Models for Change site and includes an overview of mental health issues of youth involved in the juvenile justice system as well as reviewing tools and practices to better assess the risks and needs associated with those youth.Visit Website
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has published four policy briefs resulting from the Northwestern Juvenile Project, an effort to investigate the long-term outcomes and needs of confined youth with mental health issues. The briefs include (1) Detained Youth Processed in Juvenile and Adult Court: Psychiatric Disorders and Mental Health Needs; (2) Perceived Barriers to Mental Health Services Among Detained Youth; (3) Psychiatric Disorders in Youth After Detention; and (4) Violent Death in Delinquent Youth After Detention.Visit Website
A policy brief by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families summarizes why we need to pay greater attention to meeting the mental health needs of children in Wisconsin and provides some policy recommendations to improve services for all children, in school and in the community.
In 2014 Governor Walker initiated the effort to create the Office of Children’s Mental Health with the charge to gather and analyze information related to the range of needs and services in the area of children’s mental health. The Office launched its new website in May 2016 – on that site you can find references to many of the critical issues facing Wisconsin’s children, Annual Reports for 2014 and 2015, and other resource links of interest.Visit Website
The Wisconsin Association of Family and Child Agencies is an organization representing over fifty agencies providing a wide range of child and family services, including both residential and community-based mental health services.Visit Website
Provides a range of services including Family-Based Case Management utilizing wraparound services to support children and families.Visit Website
Mission is to raise the standard of care for children and families who have experienced trauma, including those that are involved in the juvenile justice system.Visit Website
A leading resource for publications, research, training, technical assistance, and education to promote better services for youth in the juvenile justice system with mental health issues.Visit Website
A partnership of NCJJMH and the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change effort and includes a link to resources for implementing evidence-based practice, including links to key research, evidence based practice collections , and examples of successful programs.Visit Website
A comprehensive source of information on cutting-edge juvenile justice issues and reform trends. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders includes links to resources, experts, definitions, etc.Visit Website