Some Baltimore youth have fears of police reinforced in their schools; News Roundup

Every week Reclaiming Futures rounds up the latest news on juvenile justice reform, adolescent substance abuse treatment, and teen mental health. 

Some Baltimore youth have fears of police reinforced in their schools  (Washington Post)
Baltimore's unrest creates discussion around the role of police officers on the streets, and in city schools. Concern for violence in schools, as well as for Baltimore's school-to-prison pipeline, give cause for the community to examine the relationship between police officers and students.

Data Shows School-to-Prison Pipeline Still Flowing (Equal Justice Initiative)
The Center for Public Integrity finds that 26 percent of all adolescent students referred to law enforcement nationally have physical or learning disabilities, despite these students only making up 14 percent of enrollment. Equal Justice Initiative examines how students of color and students with special needs are impacted by current school discipline procedures and decisions.

Adolescent Alcohol Use Before and After High School Transition (Wiley Online Library)
A new, original article by Jasmina Burdzovic Andreas and Kristina M. Jackson which explores alcohol use in relationship to adolescent entry into high school.

Energy Drinks + Alcohol = Adolescent Alcohol Disorders (PsychCentral)
This study by Dartmouth researchers finds that the combination of alcohol and energy drinks increases the development of alcohol abuse and disorder in adolescents. While several studies have linked mixing alcohol and energy drinks with an increased rate of negative outcomes, this is the first to explore the severe impact on adolescents.

Opinion: Use tools like SBIRT to avert drug addiction and its repercussions  (
In light of Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (May 7th), Daniel J. Meara describes the SBIRT model, and how it can help in places like New Jersey, where heroin-related deaths have overtaken car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death. SBIRT is a screening tool and stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. Due to its success, The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-New Jersey is partnering with NJ Citizen Action to raise awareness about SBIRT and expand its use among young people.

The Recovery Diaries: Treatment for Substance Abuse Now Favored Over Punishment (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)
Check out this new short film, produced by the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE).

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Updated: September 23 2020