The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are accepting applications for the 2015-16 Integrated Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative.
Selected states will receive technical assistance to guide the establishment of sustainable models and strategies for diverting youth with behavioral health disorders as early as possible. This initiative will focus specifically on school-based and probation-intake diversion strategies, with special attention paid to the following:
- Integrated responses to co-occurring mental and substance use disorders
- Research-based screening and assessment
- Evidence-based and promising-practice approaches
- Disparity in treatment of youth of color within the juvenile justice system
- The role of trauma in lives of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system
- Deliberate coordination among youth-serving systems to improve outcomes for youth with behavioral disorders who are involved in the juvenile justice system
This initiative is being coordinated by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research Associates and the Technical Assistance Collaborative.
The application is available for download here. Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 6, 2015.