- Develop and implement a comprehensive national strategy and action plan by collaborating with the Public Awareness and Education Task Force to promote awareness among individuals who work with adjudicated youth and youth at risk of delinquency, and the public at large, that there is an increased risk for suicidal behaviors in youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system and that suicide for this target population is preventable.
- Support research on suicide and suicide prevention for youth in contact with the juvenile justice system by collaborating with the Research Prioritization Task Force.
- Advance suicide prevention programs in juvenile facilities, as well as at each point of contact in the juvenile justice system. This objective includes developing a national strategy to enforce the implementation of the National Juvenile Correctional Standards related to suicide prevention.
- Develop unique training curricula targeted to suicide prevention within juvenile facilities. There is also a need for effective training programs to ensure that personnel who work in the juvenile justice system receive both pre-service and annual instruction in suicide prevention.
- Improve collaboration between the mental health and juvenile justice systems, including community service providers, in order to increase awareness and to develop and promote effective clinical and professional practices among those serving youth at each point of contact in the juvenile justice system.
Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System Task Force
This task force, established in June 2011, completed its work in 2013 by focusing attention on the needs of youth in the juvenile justice system, particularly in the areas of suicide-related awareness and education, suicide research, suicide prevention programming and training, and collaboration between the juvenile justice and mental health systems. Below, organized by workgroup, are the resources developed to provide findings, recommendations, and practical tools for juvenile justice and mental health administrators and staff.
View the Executive Summary.
1: Public Awareness and Education
Need to Know: A Fact Sheet Series on Juvenile Suicide
2: Suicide Research
- Suicidal Ideation and Behavior among Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Review of the Literature
- Screening and Assessment for Suicide Prevention: Tools and Procedures for Risk Identification and Risk Reduction among Juvenile Justice Youth
3: Suicide Prevention Programming and Training
- Guide to Developing and Revising Suicide Prevention Protocols for Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System
4: Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Systems Collaboration
- Preventing Juvenile Suicide through Improved Collaboration: Strategies for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Agencies (Summary)
Read the press release regarding these resources.
- Joe Cocozza, PhD – Co-Lead, Private Sector; Director, National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
- Melodee Hanes, JD – Co-Lead, Public Sector; Principal Deputy Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
- Donald Belau, PhD, Psychologist, YRTC-Geneva
- Mari Kay Bickett, JD, Executive Director, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
- Laurie Garduque, PhD, Director for Research, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
- Robert Glover, PhD, Executive Director, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
- Thomas Grisso, PhD, Director, National Youth Screening Assessment Project; Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical Center
- Lindsay Hayes, MS, National Center on Institutions and Alternatives
- Larke Huang, PhD, Senior Advisor, Office of the Administrator, SAMHSA
- Denise Juliano-Bult, MSW, Chief of Systems Research Programs, National Institute of Mental Health
- Ned Loughran, Executive Director, Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
- Shawn Marsh, Psychologist, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
- Roy Praschil, Director of Operations, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
- Jeff Slowikowski, MPA, Acting Deputy Administrator for Policy, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice
- Deb Stone, ScD, MSW, MPH, Behavioral Specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Linday Teplin, PhD, Vice Chair of Research, Northwestern University
- Eric Trupin, PhD, Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy, University of Washington
- Carl Wicklund, Executive Director, American Probation and Parole Association
Preventing Suicide among Justice-Involved Youth: Newly Developed Tools, Recommendations, and ResearchThis webinar held on April 17, 2014, described new resources from the Action Alliance’s Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System Task Force. This webinar summarized the work of the Juvenile Justice Task Force and include in-depth discussion of the research findings and recommendations. It will be the first of a series of webinars that will be archived with the materials described above. Over 300 juvenile justice, suicide prevention, and mental health stakeholders on the Federal, state and local levels were in attendance. View the archived webinar at this link (which requires you to enter contact information).