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Dr. Sonja Frison (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for the project “Increasing Access, Decreasing Disparities, and Increasing Treatment Engagement with Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health Partnerships.”

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine noted in their 2016 Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Report that 20 percent of adolescents have a substance use or mental health disorder. The NCIOM report also outlined the need to support System of Care and Collaborative initiatives to address access and disparities based on age, gender, race, and other factors. “We would therefore like to build capacity for this work by developing a multifaceted, data driven approach to increase access, decrease disparities, and increase engagement in treatment for cross system teams,” her abstract says. “We propose to develop and pilot this approach in year 1 with two JJBH teams (Guilford and Gaston) that represent at least 500 youth and then open up to at least three other teams in Year 2 (single and/or multicounty teams representing at least 1500 youth) with sustainability implementation including a plan for training other teams through our JJBH work.”

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