Dr. Sonja Frison (The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from Sandhills Center, Local Management Entity, for the project “Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse Mental Health Partnerships.” This project is supported by funds from the NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.
The Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse and Mental Health Partnerships (JJSAMHP) is a statewide initiative designed to provide a continuum of care for juvenile justice involved youth with behavioral health issues. The North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services works collaboratively with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Juvenile Justice Section to provide resources and support for 18 local teams within the JJSAMHP network to increase service utilization, enhance services, and infuse evidence-based and best practices.
The UNCG Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships provides technical assistance and training for this initiative. UNCG’s role in the initiative is to: 1) provide technical assistance activities to the sites and communication about site visits to state level partners; 2) increase avenues and methods of training and information sharing re: state and local partners; and 3) increase awareness and usage of evidence based practices/treatments and best practices for juvenile justice involved youth.