Girls and Juvenile Justice

The WMHPC was committed to investigating the well-being of girls in local juvenile justice systems, and has proposed a set of activities that will assist local decision makers in developing appropriate sets of interventions and strategies to improve mental health services for those girls.

Strategies included:

  • Development of an assessment tool to provide local decision makers with information about the needs in their programs.
  • Gender-specific training packages for regional or county delivery systems.
  • Increased funding for mental health treatment research specific to transition-age women and subgroups of those women.
  • Development of policy recommendations for targeting the needs of transition age young women in the Prevention and Early Intervention phase of the Mental Health Services Act.
  • Development of methods for capturing the voices of transition-age young women involved in juvenile justice systems.
  • Strengthen collaborations with such groups as the Multi-Association Join Committee (MAJC), a group of state associations that have established collaborative advocacy on behalf of youth in the juvenile justice system who have mental illness and/or substance abuse problems.