A National Survey of Mental Health Screening and Assessment Practices in Juvenile Correctional Facilities.

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    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      Assessment
      Mental health
      Offender
      Screening
      Youth
    • NAICS/Industry Codes:
      621999 All Other Miscellaneous Ambulatory Health Care Services
      922140 Correctional Institutions
    • Abstract:
      Background: Mental health screening and assessment is crucial within juvenile correctional facilities (JC). However, limited information is available about the current screening and assessment procedures specifically within JC. Objective: The purpose of the current study was to obtain information about the mental health screening and assessment procedures used in JC throughout the United States. Method: Ninety-four clinical staff members (one from each JC) completed a survey about the mental health screening and assessment procedures conducted at their facilities. We used descriptive statistics to obtain prevalence data about (a) who is screened and assessed, (b) frequency of screening and assessment, (c) methods used and areas screened and assessed, (d) qualifications of those conducting screenings and assessments, and (e) perceived adequacy of screening procedures. Results: Ninety-eight percent ( n = 92) of participants reported that their facilities conducted suicide risk screenings, and 97% ( n = 90) reported that mental health screenings were conducted at admission for all youth. Additionally, 59 (63%) respondents reported that all youth receive an extensive assessment of mental health concerns. However, only forty-six percent ( n = 42) of the 92 participants responding indicated repeated screening of youth throughout their stay, and only 46% ( n = 34) of the 74 participants responding indicated screening at discharge. Additionally, a variety of assessments were reportedly used and there was little consistency across JC. Conclusion: The findings revealed a continued need for consistent policies and procedures across facilities regarding screening and assessment to address various screening and assessment issues and promote quality care. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, College of Education , University of Florida , 1215 Norman Hall Gainesville 32611 USA
      2School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies , University of Florida , Gainesville USA
    • ISSN:
      1053-1890
    • Accession Number:
      10.1007/s10566-016-9379-5
    • Accession Number:
      122634395
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      SWANK, J.; GAGNON, J. A National Survey of Mental Health Screening and Assessment Practices in Juvenile Correctional Facilities. Child & Youth Care Forum, [s. l.], v. 46, n. 3, p. 379–393, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 ago. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Swank J, Gagnon J. A National Survey of Mental Health Screening and Assessment Practices in Juvenile Correctional Facilities. Child & Youth Care Forum. 2017;46(3):379-393. doi:10.1007/s10566-016-9379-5.
    • APA:
      Swank, J., & Gagnon, J. (2017). A National Survey of Mental Health Screening and Assessment Practices in Juvenile Correctional Facilities. Child & Youth Care Forum, 46(3), 379–393. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-016-9379-5
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Swank, Jacqueline, and Joseph Gagnon. 2017. “A National Survey of Mental Health Screening and Assessment Practices in Juvenile Correctional Facilities.” Child & Youth Care Forum 46 (3): 379–93. doi:10.1007/s10566-016-9379-5.
    • Harvard:
      Swank, J. and Gagnon, J. (2017) ‘A National Survey of Mental Health Screening and Assessment Practices in Juvenile Correctional Facilities’, Child & Youth Care Forum, 46(3), pp. 379–393. doi: 10.1007/s10566-016-9379-5.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Swank, J & Gagnon, J 2017, ‘A National Survey of Mental Health Screening and Assessment Practices in Juvenile Correctional Facilities’, Child & Youth Care Forum, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 379–393, viewed 18 August 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Swank, Jacqueline, and Joseph Gagnon. “A National Survey of Mental Health Screening and Assessment Practices in Juvenile Correctional Facilities.” Child & Youth Care Forum, vol. 46, no. 3, June 2017, pp. 379–393. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1007/s10566-016-9379-5.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Swank, Jacqueline, and Joseph Gagnon. “A National Survey of Mental Health Screening and Assessment Practices in Juvenile Correctional Facilities.” Child & Youth Care Forum 46, no. 3 (June 2017): 379–93. doi:10.1007/s10566-016-9379-5.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Swank J, Gagnon J. A National Survey of Mental Health Screening and Assessment Practices in Juvenile Correctional Facilities. Child & Youth Care Forum [Internet]. 2017 Jun [cited 2019 Aug 18];46(3):379–93. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=122634395&custid=s8280428