CHA News Article

Detained Youth Face More Mental Illness and Hospitalizations

A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health reports that many children in California’s juvenile justice system are hospitalized for mental health issues because they did not receive appropriate care before arrest or while in detention centers. The study found that 63 percent of detained youth had primary diagnoses of mental health issues, compared with 20 percent of children in the general community. Further, youth in the justice system were hospitalized a day or two longer than their counterparts. Detained youth also were more likely to be covered by public health insurance. To learn more, read the report