Behavioral Health

Behavioral health covers the full range of mental and emotional well-being – from how we cope with victimization to the treatment of mental illnesses, substance abuse and other addictive behaviors. Our efforts focus on evaluating behavioral health programming and training in effective treatments which will influence behavioral health policy and practice.

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Ohio’s Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) program is a diversion program for juvenile justice-involved youth between the ages of 10-18 who also suffer from mental or behavioral health issues. In lieu of detention, the BHJJ program diverts youth into more comprehensive, community-based behavioral health treatment. The Begun Center provides research and evaluation support for the initiative and recently released a 10 year report for the project. Learn more about BHJJ>
The Begun Center serves as the evaluation partner for the Cuyahoga County Defending Childhood Initiative (DCI). Evaluation activities include identification of appropriate assessment instruments, analysis of screening and pre/post test data for youth receiving trauma-informed care, evaluation of training sessions held for the child-serving agencies in the area, and possible assessment of the effectiveness of a community awareness campaign. Learn more about DCI>
The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to 12 counties across Ohio and provides support and expertise for their Competitive RECLAIM project, funded by the Ohio Department of Youth Services. Learn more about the 12 RECLAIM Projects>
The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation for the Ohio Campaign for Hope Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. This initiative is a three-year youth suicide prevention campaign funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Learn more about the Ohio Campaign for Hope – Suicide Prevention Initiative>
The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for their SAMHSA funded Safe Schools Health Students (SSHS). Learn more about the federal SSHS initiative>
The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services to evaluate the effectiveness of Tapestry System of Care. Learn more about Tapestry System of Care> 
The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) for their Targeted Reclaim project. Visit ODYS to learn more about Targeted Reclaim>

Jane Timmons Mitchell, PhD, Principal Investigator