Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice (BHJJ)

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: Ohio Department of Youth Services, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

The majority of juvenile justice-involved youth have a history of behavioral health (mental health or substance use) problems and have experienced a great deal of trauma. However, local jurisdictions are often ill-equipped to accurately assess youth for behavioral health problems and provide appropriate treatment. Ohio’s Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) initiative was intended to transform and expand the local systems’ options to better serve these youths.

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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 initiative.

BHJJ Evaluation 2016 Executive Summary

BHJJ Evaluation 2016 Statewide and County Results

Principal Investigator: Jeff Kretschmar | Contact and Personal Information

Phone: (216) 368-2305
Professional Background: Jeff Kretschmar Profile