Experts

Below, you'll find organizations with expertise related to juvenile justice, mental health, and substance abuse topics. The list is not exhaustive, but should be useful for those who wish to learn more.

+ Aftercare/Re-Entry

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

National Reentry Resource Center
Council of State Governments Justice Center
Special expertise: re-entry, treatment, collaboration

+ Child Welfare

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (Georgetown)
Special expertise: systems of care, collaboration

National Center for Youth Law
Special expertise: child welfare, diversion, legal rights, community-based programs

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Special expertise: substance abuse, substance use disorders, child welfare

National Indian Child Welfare Association
Special expertise: family involvement, child welfare, Native American youth

+ Collaboration

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (Georgetown)
Special expertise: systems of care, collaboration

Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
Special expertise: comprehensive reform, Comprehensive Systems Change Intiative (CSCI), collaboration, evidence-based practices, conditions of confinement

National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Special expertise: risk assessment, community planning, conditions of confinement

The California Endowment’s California Healthy Returns Initiative
Special expertise: funding, Medi-Cal, screening, assessment, prevalence, collaboration

Reclaiming Futures
Special expertise: comprehensive reform, substance abuse, treatment, collaboration

+ Community-Based Alternatives (Diversion)

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Special expertise: diversion

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
Annie E. Casey Foundation
JDAI Help Desk
Special expertise: diversion, detention alternatives, community-based alternatives, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

Juvenile Law Center
Special expertise: diversion, competency, confidentiality, due process, self-incrimination

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Special expertise: diversion, drug courts

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: prevalence, screening, assessment, comprehensive reform, girls, co-occuring disorders, diversion, specialty treatment courts, family involvement, systems of care, community alternatives

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Special expertise: trauma, legal rights, specialty courts

National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Special expertise: risk assessment, community planning, conditions of confinement

National Juvenile Justice Network
Special expertise: comprehensive reform, diversion

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Special expertise: evidence-based practices, evidence-based programs, community-based alternatives, diversion, screening, assessment, juvenile drug courts

Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
Special expertise: evidence-based treatment programs, evidence-based practices, cost effectiveness, community-based alternatives

W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: community-based alternatives, diversion, racial fairness, DMC

+ Comprehensive Reform

The California Endowment’s California Healthy Returns Initiative
Special expertise: funding, Medi-Cal, screening, assessment, prevalence, collaboration

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (Georgetown)
Special expertise: systems of care, collaboration

Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: comprehensive reform, evidence-based practices, community-based alternatives, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, state juvenile justice planning, racial/ethnic fairness

Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
Special expertise: comprehensive reform, Comprehensive Systems Change Intiative (CSCI), collaboration, evidence-based practices, conditions of confinement

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
Annie E. Casey Foundation
JDAI Help Desk
Special expertise: diversion, detention alternatives, community-based alternatives, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: prevalence, screening, assessment, comprehensive reform, girls, co-occuring disorders, diversion, specialty treatment courts, family involvement, systems of care, community alternatives

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Special expertise: systems of care, comprehensive reform, multi-disciplinary teams, juvenile mental health court, competency, screening, aftercare

National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Special expertise: risk assessment, community planning, conditions of confinement

National Juvenile Justice Network
Special expertise; comprehensive reform, diversion

Reclaiming Futures
Special expertise: comprehensive reform, substance abuse, treatment, collaboration

Technical Assistance Collaborative
Special expertise: health care, Medicaid, evidence-based practice, substance abuse

+ Co-Occurring Disorders

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: prevalence, screening, assessment, comprehensive reform, girls, co-occuring disorders, diversion, specialty treatment courts, family involvement, systems of care, community alternatives

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
For the SAMHSA page on trauma and justice, click here
Special expertise: substance abuse, trauma, evidence-based practices, prevalence, co-occurring disorders

+ Evidence-Based Practices and Best Practices

Advancing Evidence Based Practice

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (Georgetown)
Special expertise: systems of care, collaboration

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
Annie E. Casey Foundation
JDAI Help Desk
Special expertise: diversion, detention alternatives, community-based alternatives, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

National Center for Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: prevalence, juvenile justice system data and research

National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
Special expertise: trauma

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Special expertise: trauma, evidence-based practices

National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Special expertise: risk assessment, community planning, conditions of confinement

National Youth Screening & Assessment Project
Special expertise: screening, assessment, risk assessment, MAYSI-2, detention reform, competency to stand trial

Technical Assistance Collaborative
Special expertise: health care, Medicaid, evidence-based practice, substance abuse

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Special expertise: evidence-based practices, evidence-based programs, community-based alternatives, diversion, screening, assessment, juvenile drug courts

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
For the SAMHSA page on trauma and justice, click here
Special expertise: substance abuse, trauma, evidence-based practices, prevalence, co-occurring disorders

Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
Special expertise: evidence-based treatment programs, evidence-based practices, cost effectiveness, community-based alternatives

+ Family Involvement

Justice for Families
Special expertise: family involvement

Mental Health America
Special expertise: family involvement, systems of care

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Special expertise: family involvement, systems of care

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Special expertise: family involvement

National Indian Child Welfare Association
Special expertise: family involvement, child welfare, Native American youth

+ Funding for Health Care

National Academy for State Health Policy
Special expertise: funding, Medicaid, CHIP, Affordable Care Act (ACA), health care

+ Improving Services for Youth with Mental Health Needs (Training, Aftercare, Family Engagement)

Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
Special expertise: comprehensive reform, Comprehensive Systems Change Intiative (CSCI), collaboration, evidence-based practices, conditions of confinement

Justice for Families
Special expertise: family involvement

Mental Health America
Special expertise: family involvement, systems of care

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Special expertise: family involvement, systems of care

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Special expertise: family involvement

National Indian Child Welfare Association
Special expertise: family involvement, child welfare, Native American youth

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
For the SAMHSA page on trauma and justice, click here
Special expertise: substance abuse, trauma, evidence-based practices, prevalence, co-occurring disorders

W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: community-based alternatives, diversion, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

+ Mental Health

Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: prevalence, screening, assessment

Mental Health America
Special expertise: family involvement, systems of care

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Special expertise: family involvement, systems of care

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: prevalence, screening, assessment, comprehensive reform, girls, co-occuring disorders, diversion, specialty treatment courts, family involvement, systems of care, community alternatives

National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
Special expertise: trauma

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Special expertise: trauma, evidence-based practices

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Special expertise: family involvement

National Youth Screening & Assessment Project
Special expertise: screening, assessment, risk assessment, MAYSI-2, JDAI, competency

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
For the SAMHSA page on trauma and justice, click here
Special expertise: substance abuse, trauma, evidence-based practices, prevalence, co-occurring disorders

+ Prevalence

Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: prevalence, screening, assessment

National Center for Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: prevalence, juvenile justice system data and research

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: prevalence, screening, assessment, comprehensive reform, girls, co-occuring disorders, diversion, specialty treatment courts, family involvement, systems of care, community alternatives

National Youth Screening & Assessment Project
Special expertise: screening, assessment, risk assessment, MAYSI-2, JDAI, competency

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Special expertise: evidence-based practices, evidence-based programs, community-based alternatives, diversion, screening, assessment, juvenile drug courts

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
For the SAMHSA page on trauma and justice, click here
Special expertise: substance abuse, trauma, evidence-based practices, prevalence, co-occurring disorders

+ Protecting Legal Rights of Youth

Juvenile Law Center
Special expertise: diversion, competency, confidentiality, due process, self-incrimination

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

National Center for Youth Law
Special expertise: child welfare, diversion, legal rights, community-based programs

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Special expertise: trauma, legal rights, specialty courts

National Juvenile Defender Center
Special expertise: legal rights, access to counsel, juvenile defense bar standards, training resources for juvenile defenders

Youth Law Center
Special expertise: legal rights, competency, detention alternatives, funding, Medi-Cal, child welfare, transitional youth, conditions of confinement, youth tried as adults, access to counsel

+ Racial/Ethnic Fairness


Center for Children’s Law and Policy
Special expertise: deincarceration, racial/ethnic fairness, conditions of confinement

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
Annie E. Casey Foundation
JDAI Help Desk
Special expertise: diversion, detention alternatives, community-based alternatives, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice

Special expertise: community-based alternatives, diversion, racial fairness, DMC

+ Screening, Assessment

Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: prevalence, screening, assessment

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: prevalence, screening, assessment, comprehensive reform, girls, co-occuring disorders, diversion, specialty treatment courts, family involvement, systems of care, community alternatives

National Youth Screening & Assessment Project
Special expertise: screening, assessment, risk assessment, MAYSI-2, detention reform, competency to stand trial

+ Substance Abuse

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Special expertise: substance abuse, substance use disorders, child welfare

Reclaiming Futures
Special expertise: comprehensive reform, substance abuse, treatment, identification

Technical Assistance Collaborative
Special expertise: health care, Medicaid, evidence-based practice, substance abuse

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
For the SAMHSA page on trauma and justice, click here
Special expertise: substance abuse, trauma, evidence-based practices, prevalence, co-occurring disorders

+ Trauma-Informed Care

National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
Special expertise: trauma

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Special expertise: trauma, evidence-based practices

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
For the SAMHSA page on trauma and justice, click here
Special expertise: substance abuse, trauma, evidence-based practices, prevalence, co-occurring disorders