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Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Youth Involved in the JJ System

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Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justic System

A few years ago, Spotlight on Youth highlighted Ohio’s Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) initiative. BHJJ was developed to meet the complex and multiple issues faced by delinquent youth, including mental health, substance abuse, and other behavioral needs as well as to provide courts an alternative to incarceration.Since that show, a formal evaluation of BHJJ has occurred resulting in a publication of those findings.On this episode, guests will share the results from the evaluation and one county will offer its insights into integrating BHJJ into its cadre of approaches.


Kathryn Castele-Smith, MSSA, LISW-S, Integrated Co-Occurring Treatment Supervisor, Bellefaire JCB

Jeff Kretschmar, PhD, Research Assistant Professor and Senior Research Associate, Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Melanie Miller, Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice Manager, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division