According to a U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice resource guide entitled, “Screening and Assessing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Among Youth in the Juvenile Justice System A Resource Guide for Practitioners,” research indicates that many youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system may have mental health- and substance use-related disorders. Problems related to these conditions play a continuing role in delinquency and pose risks to the welfare of youth, juvenile justice staff, and others.
Identifying troubled youth is the first step in providing them with appropriate treatment.To take that first step, juvenile justice professionals need reliable screening and assessment instruments and practical guidance in their effective use.
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This U.S. Department of Justice Resource Guide offers a comprehensive, user-friendly synthesis of current information on instruments that can be used to screen and assess youth for mental health- and substance use-related disorders at various stages of the juvenile justice process.The Guide includes profiles of more than 50 instruments, guidelines for selecting instruments, and best practice recommendations for diverse settings and situations.Early, accurate identification of youth with mental disorders in the juvenile justice system is a critical need. Once identified, these youth can receive the services required to improve their lives, reduce recidivism rates, and promote community safety. This Resource Guide is intended as a basic tool for juvenile justice professionals working toward this goal.Below are portals to various assessment approaches and tools for measuring a young person’s health, challenges, and skill sets, better enabling clinicians and caregivers to set obtainable goals that help youth build upon each success.