Mental Health and Substance Abuse Status of Adolescents in Residential Placement

State of Michigan, Department of Health and Human Services

The State of Michigan commissioned a study to review rehabilitative programming and residential placement of youth in the juvenile justice system to determine what changes, if any, may improve outcomes. Specifically the Child and Adolescent Data Lab, and the State of Michigan were interested in:

  1. The rates of mental health and substance use disorders associated with adolescents in Department of Human Services (DHS) supervised placements.
  2. The mental health and substance abuse services associated with these adolescents.

Information generated from the study will help Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to:

  • Assess the adequacy of juvenile justice assessment and treatment for emotional and addiction disorders
  • Ascertain types or patterns of juvenile offenses and demographics that can and should be targeted for special preventive or rehabilitative measures.