Improving Mental Health Service Delivery to Juvenile Offenders: Does Profession Influence Perceptions?

Amy Poland, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Jeremy Ball, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Denise C. Herz, University of Nebraska at Omaha

ABSTRACT
Mental health service delivery has been the focus of a great deal of literature in recent years. Model programs have been described and recommendations have been made to improve service delivery. This study focuses on mental health and substance abuse service provision to juvenile offenders. Using data from surveys and focus groups in a Midwestern state, we examine the differences in recommendations for improving the current system from the viewpoints of human services officials (mental health and juvenile justice), judges, probation officers and private practitioners.

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