Juvenile Justice

Juvenile justice involved youth pose a challenge to their community. To address their needs and identify helpful interventions, we collaborate with organizations from diverse disciplines to evaluate juvenile justice programming and improve juvenile justice policies and practices.


Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice

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.

Principal Investigator: Jeff Kretschmar, PhD

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Cuyahoga County Juvenile Drug Court

The Begun Center serves as a research partner with Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court to enhance the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Delinquency Drug Court programming for youth and families in order to realize reductions in recidivism, incarceration and youth substance use while enhancing family strengths.

Principal Investigator: Jeff Kretschmar, PhD

Montgomery County Juvenile Drug Court

The Begun Center serves as a research partner with the Montgomery County Juvenile Court to evaluate the SAMHSA/CSAT funded Juvenile Drug Court Expansion Project and provide data and outcomes relative to court activities and participant success.

Principal Investigator: Jeff Kretschmar, PhD

Competitive RECLAIM

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.

Principal Investigators: Jeff Kretschmar, PhDFredrick Butcher, PhD

Targeted Reclaim

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.

Principal Investigator: Jane Timmons Mitchell, PhD