2015 Health Briefing – Margarita Chavez
"Sobreviviendo la Adolesencia: The Inherent Value of Effective and Culturally Competent Mental Health Screening and Assessment for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System"
Moderated by CHCI DaVita Health Graduate Fellow Margarita Chavez
Research has established that up to 70 percent of adolescents in the juvenile justice system in the United States have significant mental health problems. These mental health problems may include major depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, conduct problems, substance abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Many of these adolescents may have also been subjected to poverty, violence, physical, mental or substance abuse, along with academic disadvantages and delinquent behavior. Latina/o youth face additional obstacles to diagnosis and treatment when cultural, language and discrimination disparities factor into the equation. These conditions show that it is imperative that professionals in the juvenile justice system identify the mental health needs of adolescents through effective, purposeful culturally competent mental and behavioral health screenings. This briefing will examine the relationship between undiagnosed mental health disorders and youth entering the juvenile justice system, as well as solutions and recommendations for addressing these “forgotten children” in their adolescent years.
Marco A. Davis, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Rep. Tony Cárdenas
Rebecca Flatow, J.D., M.S.S.W., Policy Advisor, Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Hector Flores, Executive Director, National Compadres Network
Thomas E. Swisstack, Deputy County Manager of Public Safety, Bernalillo County, New Mexico
The 2015 CHCI Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.