Every week Reclaiming Futures rounds up the latest news on juvenile justice reform, adolescent substance abuse treatment, and teen mental health.
- Youth Jail Protest Jams Baltimore Traffic, Sparks Debate (Baltimore Sun)
Peaceful protests in Baltimore called for the Governor to spend resources on education not incarceration.
- Drug Abuse is Soaring, But Addiction Treatment is Hard to Find (Think Progress)
Untreated substance abuse is costly to families and communities. Yet treatment can be difficult to access and gaps in policies present barriers. Massachusetts is aiming to improve access through prevention and treatment.
- Juvenile Jails Adopting ACE- and Trauma-Informed Practice (JJIE)
Given the pervasiveness of trauma and its potential for long-term negative health consequences, states like New York and Texas are moving towards trauma-informed practices in juvenile justice.
- Ways Schools Can Address Growing Mental Health Concerns (Education World)
In the wake of the lawsuit filed against Compton Unified School Districts for not providing access to mental health services, Education World found districts that have reduced barriers.
- Locking Up Juvenile Offenders Doesn't Work, Pew Study Suggests (The Huffington Post)
Numerous states have supporting evidence that as compared to incarceration - community-based supervision and alternatives to incarceration are equally or more effective for reducing recidivism.
- Any Dose of Alcohol Combined with Cannabis Significantly Increases Levels of THC in Blood (Science Daily)
For the first time researchers from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry found that alcohol and cannabis, combined, produce higher blood concentration levels of THC.
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Updated: May 29 2015