20 August 2018

Treatment services in the juvenile justice system: Examining the use and funding of services by youth on probation

This American study examines (1) the factors associated with young people receiving treatment services while on probation, and (2) the factors associated with receiving treatment services through different funding streams. Findings revealed that only about 25% of the sample of youth on probation received treatment services, suggesting the underservicing of youth. Consistent with prior research, there were also racial and ethnic disparities concerning treatment use, with African-American and Latino-American youth less likely to receive services. Additionally, certain characteristics of youth and their background influenced the funding source for treatment services. Implications for policy and research are discussed in light of these findings.