Presentation on theme: "Juvenile Justice Mental Health Screening Minnesota Department of Human Services, Childrens Mental Health Division."— Presentation transcript:
Juvenile Justice Mental Health Screening Minnesota Department of Human Services, Childrens Mental Health Division
Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Screening Why? 2002 Childrens Mental Health Task Force Many mental health problems can be identified and treated much earlier Early intervention is cost effective Untreated or under-treated problems get worse over time, causing additional complications for families, schools and communities.
Who? Juvenile Justice Population Children ages 10 through 17 Judicial finding of delinquency Allegedly committed a delinquent act and who have had an initial detention hearing, with court ordering the child to continue in detention (parent consent required) Committed a juvenile petty offense for third or subsequent time
What? Mental Health Screening Mental health screening is a brief process to detect potential mental health problems Screening is intended to identify children in need of further evaluation Children identified should be referred to a mental health professional who can determine mental health diagnoses
How? Screening Tools Screening instruments should be effective (valid and reliable) DHS Commissioner approves tools Problem Oriented Screening Instrument for Teenagers (POSIT) Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument, Second Version (MAYSI-2)
Privacy and Safeguards Screening results are private data DHS cant collect individual screening results For children held in detention for an alleged delinquent act, The results of the screening may only be presented to the court at the dispositional phase of the court proceedings on the matter unless the parent or legal guardian consents to presentation at a different time Parent consent and right to refuse
Funding and Data Counties receive an allocation based on the number of completed screens Counties report data through the Court Services Tracking System (CSTS) and report to DHS 2006 data for the 2008 allocation
2005 Juvenile Justice Screening Data Total eligible screened: 9594 Number of completed screens: 5335 Number referred for assessment: 1777 Under Care of MH Professional: 1068 Screened - 180 days: 571 Diagnostic assessment - 180 days: 356 Parent/guardian refused: 632 Unable to locate child: 281 Case Closed within 30 days: 194
About the Data About 70% of juveniles screened either were referred for a diagnostic assessment, under the care of MH professional, already screened or received a diagnostic assessment (180 days) 632 parent/guardians refused screening
Next Steps Continue to promote the benefits of early identification and intervention Training: mental health disorders & mental health treatment (evidence based practices) Work with Counties to increase screenings Develop better data analysis strategies
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