Youth in the juvenile justice system often face serious challenges when it comes to mental health, so access to proper mental health services is crucial to young people's rehabilitation and success. Now, with changes to health and mental health care at the federal level, do you know the best ways to ensure that youth have access to the services they need?
In this policy update, "Time for a Check-Up: How Advocates Can Help Youth in the Juvenile Justice System Get the Mental Health Services They Need," NJJN consolidates some of the focal points of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's 2011 Models for Change Knowledge Brief, "Mental Health Services in Juvenile Justice: Who Pays? What Gets Paid For? And Who Gets to Decide?"
NJJN's policy update summarizes the major changes on the horizon for the provision of mental health services--particularly with regard to changes made by the Affordable Care Act to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)--and provides recommendations to help advocates focus their energy where it will matter most.
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