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Juveniles in Corrections
Facility Practices and Services
Q: Substance Abuse: When are youth in residential placement facilities evaluated for substance abuse problems?
A: Nearly 8 in 10 (79%) of facilities reported evaluating youth for substance abuse problems within one week of admission in 2016.

When facilities evaluate youth for substance abuse problems, by facility operation and facility type, 2016

Total
facilities
Reporting
facilities
Within
24 hours
Between 24
hours and
1 week
More than
1 week
Other Not
evaluated
Total 1,772 1,569 55% 24% 4% 4% 14%

Facility operation
Public 978 899 61% 18% 3% 4% 14%
  State 365 323 63% 23% 5% 2% 7%
  Local 613 576 60% 15% 2% 5% 18%
Private 794 670 46% 33% 5% 3% 13%

Facility type1
Detention center 662 613 66% 11% 1% 3% 19%
Long-term secure 189 178 64% 22% 7% 2% 5%
Reception/diagnostic center 58 46 70% 15% 11% 0% 4%
Group home 344 289 45% 27% 6% 7% 16%
Residential treatment center 678 591 55% 34% 4% 2% 5%
Ranch/wilderness camp 30 28 29% 36% 14% 4% 18%
Shelter 131 124 48% 21% 2% 6% 23%

Notes: Respondents are allowed to select more than one time period in which they evaluate youth. From these responses, a hierarchy is imposed to reflect the earliest time period that the facility reported. For example, a facility that selected 'within 24 hours' as well as 'between 24 hours and 1 week' will appear as a facility that evaluated 'within 24 hours'.

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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  • Equal proportions of public and private (79% each) facilities reported evaluating youth for substance abuse problems within one week of admission in 2016, however a larger proportion of public (61%) facilities than private (46%) facilities reported evaluation youth within 24 hours.
  • Reception/diagnostic centers were the largest proportion (70%) of facilities to report evaluating youth for substance abuse problems within 24 hours of admission in 2016.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08561.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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