The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services is offering grants for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families. The grants’ purpose is development of a comprehensive strategic plan to improve and expand services provided by systems of care for kids. These systems will address substance abuse problems, serious emotional disturbances and families undergoing this pressure. The aim of this grant is to help reduce suicide attempts, enhance contact with police and to improve school attendance. The deadline for this grant is June 2, 2011.
JJIE has written extensively on this subject. For more information please read the following articles: How Prevalent are Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in Juvenile Justice?, Ecstasy Sending More Kids to the Emergency Room, and the Straight Dope on Fake Dope.