Prior service utilization in detained youth with mental health needs.

Research paper by Emily E Kates, Emily B EB Gerber, Shannon S Casey

Indexed on: 29 Aug '12Published on: 29 Aug '12Published in: Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research


This study examined the prevalence of mental health needs and rates of service utilization among youth detained in a metropolitan juvenile justice system in California. Of the 345 youth in the sample, 265 (76.8 %) qualified for high or acute mental health need and 210 (60.9 %) had at least one prior contact with mental health services. No differences in mental health need were found across ethnicities; however rates of prior service utilization significantly differed (χ(2) = 19.18, p < 0.001). Asian and Pacific Islander participants were less likely to have had prior contact with county services than any other ethnic group.