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Juveniles in Corrections
Facility Practices and Services
Q: Substance Abuse: Are youth in residential placement evaluated for substance abuse problems?
A: More than 8 in 10 (86%) facilities reported evaluating youth for substance abuse problems in 2016.

Facilities evaluating youth for substance abuse problems, by facility operation and facility type, 2016

Total
facilities
Reporting
facilities
All
youth
Some
youth
None
Total 1,772 1,569 74% 12% 14%

Facility operation
Public 978 899 74% 12% 14%
  State 365 323 85% 8% 7%
  Local 613 576 67% 14% 18%
Private 794 670 75% 12% 13%

Facility type1
Detention center 662 613 70% 11% 19%
Long-term secure 189 178 85% 10% 5%
Reception/diagnostic center 58 46 87% 9% 4%
Group home 344 289 69% 15% 16%
Residential treatment center 678 591 83% 12% 5%
Ranch/wilderness camp 30 28 71% 11% 18%
Shelter 131 124 65% 11% 23%

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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  • Similar proportions of public (74%) and private (75%) facilities reported evaluating all youth for substance abuse problems in 2016. State-operated facilities were more likely than local facilities to evaluate all youth.
  • With the exception of group homes (69%) and shelters (65%), at least 7 in 10 facilities reported evaluating all youth for substance abuse problems in 2016.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08560.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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