The Kids Are Not Alright: Family-Centered Solutions for Juvenile Justice Reform - MMHPI - Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
learning libraryThe Kids Are Not Alright: Family-Centered Solutions for Juvenile Justice Reform

The Kids Are Not Alright: Family-Centered Solutions for Juvenile Justice Reform

2022 Engage & Excel

Session Details

  • Date: October 14, 2022
  • Moderator: Marcy Melvin, LPC
  • Speaker: Dan Edwards, PhD
  • Speaker: Sheamekah Williams
  • Speaker: Tiffanie Williams-Brooks, MA, LPC-S

An estimated 70% of young people in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental illness, and the vast majority have experienced complex trauma, grief, and loss. When this system fails to address the mental health needs of the youth they are more likely to face incarceration, further traumatization, and a lifetime of involvement in the criminal justice system. New strategies offering effective interventions at the home and community levels can disrupt this cycle and improve a young person’s life outcomes. In this session, attendees will learn how to effectively address these challenges through innovations including Multisystemic Therapy, Pediatric Mobile Crisis Response Teams, and a robust continuum of evidence-based programs.