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Mental Health Juvenile Justice Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $350,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology will expand the efforts of the Community Mental Health Council to address Chicago's growing need to protect its youth by increasing the behavioral healthcare services to youth involved with (or at risk of involvement with) the criminal justice system. The Chicago School will enlist trained doctoral students and postdoctoral clinicians to provide mental health services to at-risk juveniles. The program will advance a long-standing partnership between the school and council and focus on meeting the complex needs of young people and families who have been, or are at-risk of becoming, involved with the juvenile justice system.


Date Created: August 16, 2010