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Justice-Involved Youth and Trauma-Informed Interventions
Publication Date: Dec 12 2019
Justice Policy Journal
Professionals working in the juvenile justice system must consider the impact of trauma on justice-involved youth when creating interventions and policies. Most youths involved with the justice system have a history of childhood adversity. Juvenile justice service systems should work to implement trauma-informed interventions that address the needs of youth with mental health and trauma related disorders. The adoption of a trauma-informed approach throughout the juvenile justice system and the implementation of interventions for juvenile offenders with a history of trauma exposure has enormous potential benefits for
justice-involved youth, the staff who work with them, their families, and the community at large.
Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America
Publication Date: Dec 01 2019
Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health
Over the last several years, data has emerged indicating an alarming increase in the suicide rates for Black children and teenagers over the past generation. While research has also shown climbing rates for youth from other racial and ethnic groups, this trend in Black youth runs counter to historical data showing lower rates of suicide among Black Americans.
Typologies of Adversity in Childhood & Adulthood as Determinants of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders of Adults Incarcerated in US Prisons
Publication Date: Nov 11 2019
National Library of Medicine
Incarcerated people have disproportionately high rates of adverse experiences, mental health and substance use disorders. This study identifies typologies of adversity among adults incarcerated in US prisons. Typologies are used to predict mental health and substance use disorders. Disparities by gender, race and ethnicity are also examined.Incarcerated people identifying as either women or white experienced higher rates of nearly all types of adverse experiences, as compared to either men or non-white people. Women also had higher rates of mental health and substance use disorders, except for alcohol use disorder.
Vital Signs: Estimated Proportion of Adult Health Problems Attributable to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Implications for Prevention
Publication Date: Nov 08 2019
Efforts that prevent adverse childhood experiences could also potentially prevent adult chronic conditions, depression, health risk behaviors, and negative socioeconomic outcomes. States can use comprehensive public health approaches derived from the best available evidence to prevent childhood adversity before it begins. By creating the conditions for healthy communities and focusing on primary prevention, it is possible to reduce risk for adverse childhood experiences while also mitigating consequences for those already affected by these experiences
Making the Case for Trauma-Informed Care: Tips for Talking with Leadership
Publication Date: Nov 01 2019
Center for Health Care Strategies
This tool is aimed at supporting champions when approaching leadership about the value of adopting a trauma-informed approach in health care settings. It offers key considerations for talking with leadership, and sample language that champions can use to tailor their pitch.
Mental Health and Foster Care
Publication Date: Nov 01 2019
National Council of State Legislators
Up to 80 percent of children in foster care have significant mental health issues, compared to approximately 18-22 percent of the general population