Informed Journalism: Reporting on Teens and Mental Health

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Say you’ve just been assigned to do a story on a 15-year-old kid in trouble with the law. She’s got drug problems, she may have mental health issues — is her story unusual? If her probation officer tells you the girl has been sent to treatment, but it “didn’t work,” how do you know what questions to ask next?

Get the answers and more in this webinar, where you’ll learn about:

  • the actual prevalence of mental health and alcohol and drug issues among young people in the juvenile justice system;
  • why effective treatment is critical to safe communities;
  • how treatment services are funded and regulated;
  • where to go for information about treatment funding and programs in your jurisdiction.

About the presenter: Benjamin Chambers is a writer and editor specializing in juvenile justice who currently works as communications specialist for the National Juvenile Justice Network. Prior to that, he spent seven years working for the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice in Portland Oregon, where he directed the local Reclaiming Futures project, an initiative designed to improve alcohol and drug treatment services for teenagers caught in the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime.

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This webinar is made possible by a grant by The Tow Foundation to advance’s in-depth coverage of youth justice issues, including underwriting’s New York City news bureau at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

2 thoughts on “Informed Journalism: Reporting on Teens and Mental Health

    • Hi Yvette! Glad you are interested in joining in. Yes, the webinar will be archived on this page as a youtube video. You will be able to watch it as soon as it finishes around 11amPST / 2pm EST
      Katy McCarthy