By Cecilia Bianco, August 29 2014
Juvenile Justice Reform
- Arlington Mural is an Outlet for At-Risk Teens (Herald Net)
The teens are part of Promising Artists in Recovery, or PAIR, an eight-week program for at-risk youth who have had dealings with the Denney Juvenile Justice Center.
REDEEM Act Aims to Fix Criminal Justice System (StopTheDrugWar.org)
"The REDEEM Act will ensure that our tax dollars are being used in smarter, more productive ways. It will also establish much-needed sensible reforms that keep kids out of the adult correctional system, protect their privacy so a youthful mistake can remain a youthful mistake, and help make it less likely that low-level adult offenders re-offend," said Sens. Cory Booker.
L.A. Schools Program Aims to Keep Kids out of Courts (JIE)
The nation’s second-largest school district — Los Angeles Unified — is unveiled a sweeping new agreement to curb police involvement in minor school discipline and campus problems.
- D.C. Defense Attorneys Want Juveniles Released From Shackles in Court (The Washington Post)
“They have been shackling kids who have no violent past. It’s a horrible thing. A lot of these kids are nonviolent offenders. We don’t want to send them down the wrong path by shackling somebody who doesn’t need to be shackled,” D.C. Council member David Grosso said.
Jobs, Grants, Events and Webinars
- Please share the Reclaiming Futures Opportunity Board with your colleagues in the juvenile justice, adolescent substance abuse and teen mental health areas. It’s free to browse and post!
Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and Mental Health
- Depressed Teens May Need Extra Support To Stick With Treatment(NPR)
Say a pediatrician notices that one of her teenage patients is showing signs of depression. In most cases, the doctor will notify parents and prescribe an antidepressant or recommend a therapist. The trouble is, many of those teens won't go to therapy or won't stick with it. And that's part of a bigger problem: Nearly two-thirds of adolescents who have had a major depressive episode , according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Sundown Ranch: Treatment Center Helping Youth Set Sun on Drug Abuse (Tyler Morning Telegraph)
"The peaceful, open country setting helps alleviate resistance that adolescents and young adults would otherwise feel about going into treatment in a traditional mental health ward of a psychiatric hospital," Steve Echols, program director, said.
New Helpline Provides Teen Drug & Alcohol Recovery Information in Holly Springs, NC (Digital Journal)
Troubled Teens Holly Springs is a helpline designed to make a positive difference in the lives of local teenage alcohol abusers in Wake County who are seeking to overcome their chemical dependency.
Updated: August 29 2014