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Behavioral Health Problems, Treatment, and Outcomes in Serious Youthful Offenders
(NCJ 242440) June 2014
OJJDP Pathways to Desistance, 16 page(s)
Carol A. Schubert and Edward P. Mulvey
 
Presents findings from the Pathways to Desistance study on the overlap between behavioral health problems and the risk of future offending as well as the delivery of mental health services to young offenders in institutions and in the community after release. The study found that young offenders with substance use disorders had more negative outcomes and fewer positive outcomes than other young offenders; however, young offenders with other behavioral health disorders were at no greater risk of reoffending or engaging in other antisocial behaviors than those who were not diagnosed with those disorders. A substantial proportion of young offenders who were diagnosed with behavioral health and substance use disorders received no services while in residential settings, and they were even less likely to receive services after release. However, those offenders who received aftercare services in the community were significantly less likely to be rearrested or returned to custody during the 6-month aftercare period.
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