Date of Award
Master of Social Work
School of Social Work
First Reader/Committee Chair
On any given day thousands of youth are detained in a juvenile detention facility in the United States as a result of involvement in the juvenile justice and criminal system. Youth’s access to resources such as mental health services are often impacted by this. Therefore, the researchers of this study have analyzed the youth’s utilization and access to behavioral health services within the juvenile halls of Riverside County. Using a quantitative method, the researchers found statistically significant differences between the utilization of services from the 2015-2016 fiscal year to that of 2019-2020. Additionally, the researchers provided implications and recommendations. The need to protect at-risk youth and those already detained is of importance to the social work profession, whose mission is to promote human well-being and stand against social injustice. The data analysis could have an impact on the social workers' role in making youth mental health a priority for California’s juvenile justice system, including creating and implementing new policies and practices.
Padilla, Arlene and Salcedo, Vanessa, "MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR DETAINED YOUTH" (2021). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 1204.