Dr. Marina Tolou-Shams, PhD
Dr. Emily Dauria, PhD, MPH

Welcome to Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health

The UCSF Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health (JJBH) Research Team includes a program of research aimed toward improving behavioral health outcomes for youth involved in the justice, child welfare, and foster care systems. Studies aim to improve youths’ physical, mental, and emotional health; reduce drug and alcohol use; reduce HIV/STI risk behaviors; prevent recidivism; identify ways to improve access to and engagement in health care for these youth, thereby reducing health inequities.

CONFERENCES

Catch us at the following upcoming conferences!

70%

of adolescents entering juvenile detention centers have a diagnosable mental health need.

First-time court-involved adolescents who are diverted from detention and supervised in the community also have significant mental health treatment needs:

1 in 3

have a history of psychiatric diagnosis.

1 in 5

have a history of inpatient hospitalization.

1 in 2

have current psychiatric symptoms severe enough to require treatment.

RESEARCH

Leveraging technology and trauma-informed approaches to increase access to behavioral health care for underserved youth and families.

31M

Youth nationally are under juvenile court jurisdiction

75%

of youth report an average of 3 Adverse Childhood Experiences at first point of legal contact

50%

of youth in community supervision require substance use treatment

16%

or fewer of justice-involved youth receive treatment for any psychiatric disorder after release from detention

61%

of caregivers of justice-involved youth reported interest in online behavioral health interventions

CLINICAL

Our goal is to strengthen the bonds young women have with themselves, their families, and their communities. We provide clinical interventions as part of research trials.

Intensive Case Management

One-on-one meetings with a case manager to focus on targeted goals identified by youth.

Art of Yoga Project (AYP)

Trauma-sensitive yoga sessions and expressive arts, in pertnership with AYP.

Young Women's Groups

Weekly group sessions that cover topics such as relationships, communication, and wellness.

Mental Health Services

Up to 1 year of individual or family therapy to address behavioral health needs.

Family Advisory Board

Quarterly meetings involving community members aimed at improving behavioral health services for San Francisco's adolescent and young women.

Press

JJBH in the news.

May 26, 2020

The science of happiness

For Mental Health Awareness Month in May, and MPR’s “Call to Mind” initiative: A program about “The […]

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April 21, 2020

Born This Way Foundation: Building Kinder Communities, Supporting the Well-being of Students and Improving Mental Health Resources

The Commonwealth Club and Born This Way Foundation Invite you to a conversation focused on […]

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April 7, 2020

Commonwealth Club Conversation | The Science of Happiness during COVID-19

Happiness may seem elusive even under ideal circumstances, let alone under current conditions that have […]

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January 15, 2020

Patrick Kennedy and an Expert Panel: Mental Health, Youth and the Justice System

Part of The Commonwealth  Club’s series on mental health, dedicated in memory of Nancy Friend […]

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August 12, 2019

San Francisco To Close Its Juvenile Hall By The End Of 2021

San Francisco is closing its juvenile hall, part of a reform effort to move away […]

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July 4, 2019

It’s official: SF juvenile hall to close by the end of 2021

San Francisco will close juvenile hall by the end of 2021 as planned, but without […]

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April 26, 2019

Juvenile hall costs skyrocket

The annual cost of incarcerating a youth in juvenile hall in California has doubled over […]

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June 1, 2018

Vanishing Violence

Violent crime by youths in California plummeted over the past two decades and arrests of […]

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April 1, 2018

LGBT+ youth face tougher time as first offenders, study finds

Teens who get in trouble with the law have high rates of substance abuse and […]

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August 1, 2017

Anxiety Epidemic Envelopes San Francisco Girls

For the past three years, Dr. Andrea Zorbas has worked at the San Francisco Stress […]

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publications

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2019

Outcomes of a family-based HIV prevention intervention for substance using juvenile offenders

Mental Health Symptoms and Parenting Stress of Parents of Court-Involved Youth

The role of family functioning in parenting practices of court-involved youth

The Path to Implementation of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for People Involved in Criminal Justice Systems

Outcomes of the “STEPS” HIV prevention training program for young males in the penitentiary institution, Ukraine

Sexual Minority, Justice-Involved Youth: A Hidden Population in Need of Integrated Mental Health, Substance Use, and Sexual Health Services

Latinx Youth in First Contact with the Justice System: Trauma and Associated Behavioral Health Needs

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