People in both the juvenile and adult justice systems commonly struggle with mental and/or substance use disorders. This episode explains why it’s important to directly address mental and/or substance use disorders in these individuals through treatment and recovery support. It features strategies to provide this support, such as drug courts and diversion programs.
The episode identifies the issues of different demographic groups at greater risk of involvement with the justice system, many of whom have mental and/or substance use disorders. It also examines the issues of specific age groups, including juveniles (12 to 17 years of age), young adults (18 to 24 years of age), and older individuals (50 to 65 years of age).
In addition, the episode discusses the movement to reform federal and state justice system policies, notably sentencing laws for drug offenses. These policy changes have significant implications for the behavioral health care system.