Prior Service Utilization in Detained Youth with Mental Health Needs

Kates, Emily; Gerber, Emily; Casey, Shannon
January 2014
Administration & Policy in Mental Health & Mental Health Service;Jan2014, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p86
Academic Journal
This study examined the prevalence of mental health needs and rates of service utilization among youth detained in a metropolitan juvenile justice system in California. Of the 345 youth in the sample, 265 (76.8 %) qualified for high or acute mental health need and 210 (60.9 %) had at least one prior contact with mental health services. No differences in mental health need were found across ethnicities; however rates of prior service utilization significantly differed (χ = 19.18, p < 0.001). Asian and Pacific Islander participants were less likely to have had prior contact with county services than any other ethnic group.


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