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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: Three-quarters of facilities (75%) reported evaluating all youth for substance abuse problems in 2018.

Facilities evaluating youth for substance abuse problems, by facility operation and facility type, 2018

Total
facilities
Reporting
facilities
All
youth
Some
youth
None
Total 1,510 1,436 75% 12% 13%

Facility operation
Public 903 883 76% 11% 13%
  State 331 325 86% 6% 8%
  Local 572 558 70% 14% 16%
Private 607 553 74% 14% 12%

Facility type1
Detention center 625 609 74% 11% 15%
Long-term secure 164 163 90% 6% 4%
Reception/diagnostic center 37 35 94% 3% 3%
Group home 240 221 62% 18% 19%
Residential treatment center 553 513 81% 13% 6%
Ranch/wilderness camp 27 24 83% 4% 13%
Shelter 116 115 67% 17% 16%

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 (76%) and private (74%) facilities reported evaluating all youth for substance abuse problems in 2018. State-operated facilities (86%) were more likely than local facilities (70%) to evaluate all youth.
  • With the exception of group homes (62%) and shelters (67%), at least 7 in 10 facilities reported evaluating all youth for substance abuse problems in 2018.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08560.asp?qaDate=2018. Released on May 15, 2020.

Data Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Authors' analysis of Juvenile Residential Facility Census 2018 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: OJJDP.

 

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