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Strengthening connections among criminal justice agencies, behavioral health organizations, and the community to improve wellbeing for people with mental health conditions or co-occurring substance use disorders.

Youth and Young Adults

Recent studies have shown that between 50 to 70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have a behavioral health condition compared to 9 to 13 percent of youth who are not in the justice system.

Among this population, only a small percentage receive needed treatment and some studies suggest that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQ+ youth may be even less likely to receive care that is tailored to their needs. With JMHCP support, communities can adopt and more effectively implement policies and practices shown to halt the “school-to-prison pipeline” and improve outcomes of youth and young adults of all races, genders, and sexual orientations who come into contact with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

How to Use an Integrated Approach to Address the Mental Health Needs of Youth in the Justice System

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Key Staff

Ryan Carlino

Ryan Carlino

Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health

Ryan Carlino provides technical assistance and policy guidance to counties participating in the States Supporting Familiar Faces initiative. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Ryan worked at the University of Chicago Crime Lab where he supported government agencies in designing, testing, and scaling programs and policies that address criminal justice and behavioral health system challenges. Prior to that, Ryan worked as a research analyst with the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department. In 2020, Ryan was appointed as a commissioner on the inaugural City of Austin Community Police Review Commission, which provides civilian oversight of police activities in Austin. Ryan earned a BA in anthropology from Grinnell College and an MPP from the University of Texas.

Felicia Lopez Wright

Felicia Lopez Wright

Project Manager, Behavioral Health

Felicia Lopez Wright oversees training and technical assistance for Second Chance Act Crisis Response and Community Reentry grantees. She also contributes to projects on topics such as gender-responsive services for women in the justice system, youth services, and enhancing crisis and justice system collaborations. Felicia previously provided training and technical assistance under the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. She is a licensed clinical social worker with over a decade of combined experience providing mental health therapy to demographically diverse populations in various care settings, special education case management in a public school district, and short-term counseling at a community court program. She earned a BA in psychology from The College of New Jersey and an MSW from Rutgers University.

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