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Findings from the First Ever National Survey of Juveniles in Custody
By /jjie.org - Sarah Boslaugh
Published: 05/08/2013

How many young people confined in the juvenile justice system need treatment for mental health and substance problems, and how well are those needs being met? The Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP) – the first-ever national survey of youth in juvenile custody – offers a detailed, if slightly dated, window into these issues using information obtained from young people themselves.

Conducted in 2003, SYRP gathered data from a nationally representative sample of youth housed in state and local juvenile facilities. Not released until 2010, the SYRP data show that many young people confined in juvenile facilities had experienced trauma, and most suffered with one or more mental health or substance abuse problems. Yet many confined youth received no counseling in their facilities. Just as troubling, youth with the most severe needs were no more likely than other youth to receive counseling, and they were less likely than other youth to describe as helpful any counseling they did receive.

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