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Whether you are a parent, family advocate, or systems professional you will find valuable information in this Toolkit regarding youth in the juvenile justice system experiencing mental health as well as co-occurring mental health and substance use issues. This Toolkit will acquaint you with multiple systems, and give you community resources and best practice information for Colorado.

The Toolkit is divided into two sections to help you find the information you are looking for faster. You can click one of the sections below to begin.

The purpose of this tool is to provide resources that individual family advocates and advocates working within family organizations can use in their work with youth experiencing mental health as well as co-occurring mental health and substance use issues in the juvenile justice system and their families. This tool is NOT designed to replace family advocate trainings.

Families may also find this a valuable resource when advocating for their youth and family.

Information is provided on: Systems Knowledge and Community Resources.

This tool includes information on both statewide and local resources. You can use the following template to record your local contact information as you go through the tool.

GO to Family Advocate Tool

The purpose of this tool is to provide resources for systems professionals working with youth experiencing mental health as well as co-occurring mental health and substance use issues in the juvenile justice system. Research and best practice shows the value of working with family advocates and families increases positive outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system.

Many juvenile justice professionals are under pressure to ensure public safety, cost-effective measures, and valid outcomes for youth in the system. Many jurisdictions within Colorado and around the country are attempting to utilize innovative and creative approaches for reaching youth experiencing mental health as well as co-occurring mental health and substance use issues in the juvenile justice system and their families. MORE>

The purpose of this tool is to provide resources for systems professionals working with youth experiencing mental health as well as co-occurring mental health and substance use issues in the juvenile justice system. Research and best practice shows the value of working with family advocates and families increases positive outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system.

Many juvenile justice professionals are under pressure to ensure public safety, cost-effective measures, and valid outcomes for youth in the system. Many jurisdictions within Colorado and around the country are attempting to utilize innovative and creative approaches for reaching youth experiencing mental health as well as co-occurring mental health and substance use issues in the juvenile justice system and their families. <LESS

GO to System Professional Tool