Improving Policy and Practice for Adolescent Girls With Co-Occurring Disorders in the Juvenile Justice System

About the Course:

While attention has begun to focus on the mental health and substance recovery needs of youth in the juvenile justice system in general, little emphasis has been given to the gender-specific needs of adolescent girls. In an effort to provide an overview of existing prevalence rates, trends, characteristics, risk factors and future challenges for discussion, the National GAINS Center prepared a report. This publication provides a summary of that report, followed by a presentation of critical issues that emerged from collaborative efforts. The last section discusses specific recommendations for enhancing joint efforts in supporting gender-specific, culturally and developmentally sensitive policy and practice.


The GAINS Center

Publication Date:

June, 1998


Laura Prescott

About the Author:

Laura Prescott is associated with the GAINS center. The National GAINS Center for People with Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System is a national center for the collection and dissemination of information about effective mental health and substance abuse services for people with co-occurring disorders who come in contact with the justice system.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about improving policy and practice for adolescent girls with co-occurring disorders in the juvenile justice system. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify gender and age-specific issues involving female adolescents with co-occurring disorders in the juvenile justice system.

  2. Explain policy and practice recommendations regarding gender-specific and culturally sensitive programs and practices, including intervention protocols and procedures.

  3. Discuss training and dissemination of policy and practice recommendations and issues related to research and evaluation.

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