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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

Racial Disparity in the Mental Health Juvenile Justice Initiative

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Session Number: 2000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Inger Burnett-Zeigler

All Authors for this paper: Inger Burnett-Zeigler; John Lyons; Zoran Martinovich; Anderson Freeman

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: The Mental Health Juvenile Justice Initiative (MHJJ) addresses the mental health needs of youth in detention in Illinois. This study assessed racial disparities in the MHJJ process. Referred youth are screened and linked with services. Youth were categorized as eligible, enrolled, linked, engaged, completer, and successful completer and assessed for disparities in service provision, rearrest rates, and outcomes. More white than black youth were enrolled, linked, and engaged in services. Rearrest rates for whites fluctuated while rates for blacks consistently increased during the program. Whites and blacks improved while Hispanics did not. When youth are engaged in services, MHJJ is successful in improving mental health outcomes for white and black youth only but unsuccessful in reducing rearrest rates for black youth.

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Presentation Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM