Services at a Glance
The University of Tennessee Health and Science Center in Health for Justice Involved Youth lead by Director Dr. Altha Stewart has been awarded the contract to deliver the direct services of the Assessment and Resource Center. The Center for Justice Involved Youth launched 4 years ago with the mission to support juvenile justice reform in Shelby County. The Center played a major role in the developing of the Assessment and Resource Center Framework for over 2years.
Mental health and trauma assessments for youth and families will be administered that evaluate the ways in which a youth’s (and entire family) functioning might have been affected by the experience of trauma. A high percentage of youth (65% to 70%) involved with the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health disorder, and nearly 30% of those experience severe mental health disorders. In addition, many youth in the juvenile justice system have a history of trauma, emotional issues, and behavioral problems.
Individualized assessment of history and needs for youth and families, including drug and alcohol use, mental health issues, educational needs, family history, school functioning, law enforcement contact, and peer relationships will be conducted. Assistance will be provided as needed for youth and families to connection with basic needs and services, including long-term shelter, utilities, food, medical care, and transportation.
Individual intervention plans for youth and families reflective of assessment and responsive to youth and family preferences, as well as personal or cultural characteristics (age, gender, race/ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, intellectual ability and community and socioeconomic resources) will be developed.
These services will include a follow up process to obtain data, guide progress and measure youth outcomes.
Who will be served at the Assessment Center?
The YARC will be launched in a specific precinct within the City of Memphis. The Pilot area will be determined by data determining where majority of youth offenses occur within the city. The YARC will serve youth between the ages 12-17 years of age who have committed a low or moderate level offense (list of eligible offenses) youth who are in a crisis, has run away from home or is beyond the control of the parents.
The Advisory Board’s purpose is to provide perspective regarding the implementation and goals of the Assessment Center. The Advisory Board will be specifically assigned with program capacity and community needs regarding factors that impact youth development.