60% of Juvenile Justice System Youth Have Three or More Mental Health Disorders

juvenile-justice-system-adolescent-mental-health-NCMJJ-logoOver 60% of youth in the juvenile justice system meet criteria for three or more mental health disorders, per a 2006 multi-state study by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. And 60.8% of youth who meet criteria for a mental health disorder also meet criteria for a substance abuse disorder. (Thanks to Paul Savery of the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services for the tip.)

Updated: February 08 2018