In order to help family members and advocates fully understand the problems
affecting young people in the juvenile-justice system and be better able to
assist those youngsters, the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) has
issued two guides.
"Advocacy Guide to Rights Protection for Youths in the Juvenile
Justice System" is designed to raise awareness about maltreatment of
youth in juvenile detention facilities, describe the rights of these youth as
they pertain to education, living conditions, and discipline, and provide
strategies for protecting youth against violations of their rights.
"Privatization and Managed Care in the Juvenile Justice System"
explores the pros and cons of privatization and managed care in the juvenile
justice system and offers strategies to ensure the best possible care for
youth in privatized systems.
According to the NMHA, approximately two-thirds of youth in the
juvenile-justice system have behavioral, emotional, and/or substance abuse
In addition, incarcerated youth are more likely to be ethnic minorities,
come from poor families, and have histories of victimization, trauma, and
learning disabilities than nonincarcerated youth.
Both advocacy guides are posted online at<www.nmha.org/children/justjuv/index.cfm>.▪