StateScan: Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Services

April 22, 2015


The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), the NCJFCJ's research division, has released a new StateScan publication that describes the landscape of standardized mental health screening in juvenile justice. This StateScan publication is the fourth in a series that distills important knowledge from NCJJ’s new Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice and Statistics website (JJGPS.org).

The StateScan organizes results from a national survey that addresses the landscape of standardized mental health screening in juvenile justice. This original analysis focuses on mental health screening tools that are required at the state level in juvenile detention, probation and correction settings. This publication highlights the variety of tools in use across the nation and illustrates that screening is more often required in detention and correction settings than in probation. This publication is a companion to a previously authored Statewide Risk Assessment in Juvenile Probation that explores the adaptation of risk assessment tools in juvenile probation.