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Juveniles in Corrections
Facility Practices and Services
Q: Mental Health: Are youth in residential placement evaluated for mental health needs?
A: Nearly all (99%) facilities reported evaluating youth for mental health needs in 2016.

Facilities evaluating youth for mental health needs, by facility operation and facility type, 2016

Total
facilities
Reporting
facilities
All
youth
Some
youth
None
Total 1,772 1,485 60% 39% 1%

Facility operation
Public 978 845 50% 49% 1%
  State 365 316 67% 32% 1%
  Local 613 529 40% 59% 1%
Private 794 640 73% 27% 1%

Facility type1
Detention center 662 557 41% 58% 1%
Long-term secure 189 177 76% 23% 1%
Reception/diagnostic center 58 46 65% 35% 0%
Group home 344 276 59% 40% 1%
Residential treatment center 678 588 75% 24% 1%
Ranch/wilderness camp 30 25 60% 36% 4%
Shelter 131 112 41% 57% 2%

Notes: Counts include evaluations conducted either on or offsite the facility location.

Percent based on number of reporting facilities.

1 Facility type counts sum to more than the total number of facilities because facilities could select more than one facility type.


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  • Six in ten (60%) reporting facilities evaluated all youth for mental health needs in 2016.
  • Private facilities (73%) were more likely than public facilities (50%) to evaluate all youth, while state facilities (67%) were more likely than local facilities (40%) to evaluate all youth.
  • Long-term secure facilities were the most likely (76%) to evaluate all youth in 2016. Shelters and detention centers were the least likely (41% each) to evaluate all youth, but the most likely to evaluate some youth (57% for shelters, 58% for detention centers).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08540.asp?qaDate=2016. Released on March 27, 2018.

Data Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Authors' analysis of Juvenile Residential Facility Census 2016 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: OJJDP.

 

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