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Your Daughter Has Been Arrested – What Is The Impact On Her? – Colorado Juvenile Law

By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer

Your Daughter Has Been Arrested - What Is The Impact On Her - Colorado Juvenile Law

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Your Daughter Has Been Arrested – What Is The Impact On Her – Colorado Juvenile Law

Your Daughter Has Been Arrested – What Is The Impact On Her? – Colorado Juvenile Law – In a recent edition of a journal that focuses on the area of juvenile violence – Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice – researches examined the impact of juvenile incarceration – so called “detention” – on young girls. The findings were disturbing and support the need for the parents of young female juveniles who are jailed – to get them out of jail as soon as possible.

This article takes a brief look at the issues in this area – encountered by newly arrested teenage females and the use of a certain mental health tool to help identify the mental health impact of incarceration on these children.

The Study – Juvenile Girls In Detention – Great Anger, Higher Rates Of Depression

A study performed on young girls incarcerated in juvenile detention centers is greatly disturbing. The study – in the Journal – Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice – found that the negative psychological impact of jail on a teen girl was much more severe problems than incarcerated boys.

This comes as no surprise to me after 35 years in the field.

The study found that jailed girls (the female teenager’s race and socioeconomic status did not matter):

  • are twice as likely as boys to be aggressive, and just as likely as boys to have problems with alcohol or drug use.
  • face surprisingly different psychological issues than average teen girls and, in some ways, more severe problems than incarcerated boys.

The study also found that:

“The psychological issues we found with girls in detention centers are nothing like what we expected – not compared to boys in juvenile hall, not compared to average girls in the community,”

It is commonly believed that teen girls are more likely to “internalize problems.” – However the study examining the impact of incarceration on young female girls has changed that belief when these girls are jailed.

Teen girls are actually twice as likely as the boys to “externalize” their problems through aggression.” That means to get into fights – assault each other and harm themselves.

Using Mental Health “Instruments” To Help Troubled Teens Who Are Incarcerated

While there are many tools used to analyze the problems fo troubled teens – as a Colorado Juvenile Crimes Criminal Defense lawyer – I advocate the use of the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument, Version 2 – (and not just because I grew up in Boston).

Here is a description of the testing instrument –  The MAYSI I- 2 addresses – (upon entry into jail – detention) – the mental health needs of the child in question.

Essentially the MAYSI-2 is a screening instrument that assists practitioners in identifying mental health issues and helps determine if the juvenile needs to be further assessed for mental health issues and/or disorders

Its purpose is to identify youth who may need immediate attention regarding possible suicide risk and emergent mental health and substance use needs.

The assessment is now over 16 years old (Grisso & Barnum, 2000), the MAYSI-2 and is used in 47 states.

The Use Of The Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument, Version 2

The MAYSI-2 assists in helping to make critical decisions on future assessment and evaluation – it can be used during probation, helps develop a supervision plan and can assist the professionals and diagnosticians in the juvenile jails to develop effective mental health treatment plans.

The MAYSI-2 provides “screening flags” as areas for mental health concern – which include flags for depression, drug use, or aggression.

The next step would be training additional prison staff to deal with psychological issues incarcerated teens bring with them to the facilities.

The MAYSI – 2 Can Address:

Functional and dysfunctional aspects of psychological patterns;

Current and historical family and social structures;

Current and past history of physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse;

Client and family biological systems including current physical and mental health status;

Current and past history of client and family alcohol and other drug use/abuse;

Factors affecting client, family and safety;

Risk assessment and identification of criminogenic needs (factors that influence an individual to engage in criminal behavior) as it relates to risk to re-offend or recidivate;

Previous treatment experiences;

Personal strengths and motivation

The results of an assessment are incorporated into the individualized supervision or treatment plan.

Other Colorado Juvenile Assessment Instruments.

There are many other juvenile assessment instruments used in this field in many different ways -(Please click the following LINK – JUVENILE ASSESSMENT CHART COLORADO):

  • Colorado Juvenile Risk Assessment (CJRA)
  • Colorado Client Assessment Record (CCAR)
  • Safety Assessment North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS) and North Carolina Family Assessment Scale –Reunification (NCFAS-R)
  • Adolescent Self-Assessment Profile (ASAP)
  • Comprehensive Adolescent Severity Index (CASI)
  • Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN)
  • Practical Adolescent Dual Diagnostic Interview (PADDI)
  • Colorado Young Offender – Level of Service Inventory (CYO-LSI)
  • Substance Use Survey (SUS)

To fully understand the function of each test and how it may impact your child – please click on the following LINK – Advocate-15 juvenile screening instruments

Summary – Your Daughter Has Been Arrested – What Is The Impact On Her? – Colorado Juvenile Law

If you son or daughter has been arrested in a Colorado Juvenile Crimes case – his or her mental health status is of immediate importance. You should insist that the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument, Version 2 be used during the intake process your child will encounter upon entering the detention center – and that you – as a parent – receive a copy of the results of that screening.

It may mean your child’s life. If you are able to obtain a copy of the report and you intend to retain a lawyer – immediately give the screening report to your criminal defense lawyer.

Your Daughter Has Been Arrested – What Is The Impact On Her? – Colorado Juvenile Law

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In a recent edition of a journal that focuses on the area of juvenile violence - Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice - researches examined the impact of juvenile incarceration - so called "detention" - on young girls. The findings were disturbing and support the need for the parents of young female juveniles who are jailed - to get them out of jail as soon as possible.
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