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Fresno's Juvenile Behavioral Health Court

A Better Way to Serve Youth

By Jack Daniel, Amy Tillery & Denise Whitehead

Fresno County’s Juvenile Behavioral Health Court is devising a new way to serve youths whose delinquent behavior can be traced to a mental health condition. A group of attorneys and service providers from various segments of the juvenile justice system, united only by their belief that the system had to be improved, developed the specialized court to decrease out-of-home placements and improve outcomes for youths. Preliminary evaluation suggests that the court is having a positive impact.

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