Mental Health Screening and Assessment in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System

About the Course:

Meeting the mental health needs of juvenile offenders is one of the most important issues affecting juvenile justice systems across the nation. Juvenile offenders with mental health problems are more likely to continue to experience justice system involvement. This report addresses the issue of mental illness in the justice system, and describes the mental health screening and assessment tools used by practitioners within the Illinois juvenile justice system. Recommendations for best practice in the mental health screening and assessment of justice-involved youth are provided.


The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission

Publication Date:

March 2010


Lindsay Bostwick

About the Author:

Lindsay Bostwick prepared this document as a Research Analyst with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. This project was supported by Grant #09-JF-FX-0048, awarded to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice by the Illinois Department of Human Services for the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses, administrators, and allied professionals, who seek knowledge about mental health screening and assessment in the juvenile justice system. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Analyze issues regarding mental health in juvenile justice systems, and discuss the need for appropriate mental health screening, assessment, and programming for youthful offenders.

  2. Identify screening and assessment tools utilized in the evaluation of mental health in the juvenile justice system, and describe psychometric properties of instruments, including reliability and validity.

  3. Discuss the recommendations of this study, including suggestions for consideration of best practices in mental health screening and assessment for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

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Course Number: 102235
Credit Hours: 3cr
NBCC Credit Hours: 3cr
Exam Fee: $20.91
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