The first in a series that addresses important issues facing those crossover youth who are dually-involved and the systems that serve them, this brief begins by explaining the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) was developed by the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy to improve outcomes for youth who are dually-involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The model uses a research-based approach to assist child welfare, juvenile justice, and related agencies in adopting policies and practices that better address the needs of these youth and improve their life outcomes. Information is then provided on: how behavioral health issues, which include mental health (MH) and substance use (SU) disorders, can significantly challenge the safety and well-being of youth and their families; the relationship between behavioral health and crossover youth; the ways in which the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) addresses behavioral health; and how New York City has utilized CYPM to address behavioral health outcomes. Recommendations are made for implementing the CYPM and include adopting an “our kids” mentality, collaborating at all levels of the involved agencies and case processing, including substance use and mental health providers in multi-disciplinary team meetings, executing consent forms to enable information sharing and collaboration, engaging in joint assessment processes that address mental health and substance use issues, coordinating case plans that address mental health and substance use issues, using evidence-based treatment programs and practices, and using trauma informed practices and gender specific services. 3 figures and 37 references.
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The Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) 2015. CYPM in Brief: Behavioral Health and Crossover Youth.