Participants Systems and Their Roles

Child Welfare Process

The juvenile court process in child welfare involves caseworkers, attorneys and the judge. The roles and responsibilities are outline in this source.

PDF RESOURCE: Working With Courts in Child Protection

PDF RESOURCE: State of Colorado Dependency and Neglect Process

Juvenile Justice Process

Each state has developed their juvenile justice system in regards to who handles intake, investigation, and probation supervision of delinquents; who administers juvenile detention centers and correctional institutions; who takes responsibility for juveniles after they are released from state commitment; recent legislative reforms; names and contact information for significant state-level advisory groups, advocacy organizations, and membership associations; and state laws declaring juvenile justice purposes and philosophies, conditions under which juveniles may be tried as adults, and upper and lower ages of juvenile court delinquency jurisdiction.

MORE INFO: OJJDP Juvenile Justice System Case Flow Diagram


By law, certain individuals must be involved in writing a child’s Individualized Education Plan. Note that an IEP team member may fill more than one of the team positions if properly qualified and designated. For example, the school system representative may also be the person who can interpret the child’s evaluation results. Each team member brings important information to the IEP meeting. Members share their information and work together to write the child’s Individualized Education Plan. Each person’s information adds to the team’s understanding of the child and what services the child needs.

MORE INFO: Virtual Toolbox for Mental Health in Schools

PDF RESOURCE: A Guide to the Individualized Education Program (Pages 7-10)

Mental Health

American Academy of Child & Family Psychiatry

The American Academy of Child & Family Psychiatry provides information on children and psychiatric medication, definitions of 17 major mental health disorders in easily understandable language and provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.


Building Bridges Tip Sheets

Building Bridges, a Colorado Department of Education Initiative developed fact sheets containing basic information about some common mental health disorders, a list of the more common symptoms, a summary of the educational implications of the disorder, instructional strategies and classroom accommodations, and further resources.

Tip sheet topics:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Building School Teams
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Depression
  • Managing Challenging Behaviors
  • Mandated Reporting
  • Mental Health Stigma
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • School Transitions
  • Substance Use Disorders

MORE INFO: Building Bridges Tip Sheets