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Does anybody know anybody who might know some mosque which would like to participate in the DC Juvenile mental health court system?

Asalam wa lay kum, brother Abucar:

Here’s an article about DC Mental Health Court for Juveniles; xref: the idea mosques who chose to could offer probation services in the form of permitting juveniles on probation to participate in prayer line and verifying who actually attended.

Does anybody know anybody who might know some mosque which would like to participate in the DC Juvenile mental health court system?

xref: strong Islamic families, self control, and memorization of the Qur~an vs. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll (hypnosis)

Asalam wa laykum, brother how are you? and how is your family? And how is everything?

haji Mohammed, aka, William

#718 of 720: William Hale (hinging0) Sun 18 Mar 2012 (06:46 PM)

At D.C. Superior Court program, a focus on helping minors with mental
health problems

Mark Gail/THE WASHINGTON POST – Judge Joan Goldfrank runs the
juvenile mental health diversion court in Washington.
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By Justin Moyer, Published: March 15

JM-4 in D.C. Superior Court isn’t your typical courtroom.

No one is on trial. Defendants, called “respondents,” are surrounded
by social workers, psychologists and, often, family members. There’s no
mention of the criminal charges against them.

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But don’t be deceived. A lot is at stake in JM-4, home of a
14-month-old juvenile court intended to help minors with mental health
problems avoid the harsh consequences and limited rehabilitation
opportunities in the juvenile system.

Known formally as the juvenile mental health diversion court, it is
the latest stop for Magistrate Judge Joan Goldfrank, who has spent much
of her career on the bench navigating the intersection of mental
health and criminal justice.

In JM-4, where art by young people who have passed through the
courtroom hangs on the walls, Goldfrank dispenses encouragement, wisdom
— and snacks.

“The message I want to give them is that they are supported,”
Goldfrank said. “The whole point of juvenile justice is rehabilitation.
How could we not do it on the kids’ side?”

In recent years, the District’s courts and social services agencies
have increased mental health resources for young people, although
advocates say the efforts still fall short of the need. Recently, the
D.C. Council gave preliminary approval to legislation that would expand
mental health services in the city’s public schools.

On a couple of days last month, The Washington Post was permitted to
observe proceedings in juvenile mental health court on the condition
that none of the participants or their families be identified.

For the mother of a 17-year-old girl, the court was the latest stop in
a frustrating effort to obtain help. After her daughter “got in
trouble” — the mother wouldn’t go into details — the family had
difficulty working with probation officers, coordinating curfews and
developing an education plan.

“They were sending me all around the world when it first came out for
me trying to seek help for my daughter,” the mother said. “They were
telling me to sign my parental rights away.” For her, Goldfrank’s court
was different. “I felt that she still listened to me,” the mother
said.

Goldfrank does listen, but she and the people who work with her also
deliver news that families don’t want to hear. The young people must
not only be held accountable for their behavior but also must come to
terms with their mental health diagnoses, which are often rooted in
trauma that the juveniles have witnessed or experienced.

Accepting that can be hard. Asked by a reporter about her daughter’s
problems, the 17-year-old’s mother said she wasn’t aware that her
daughter had received a diagnosis for any mental health issue.

Indeed, overcoming family apprehension is one of the challenges the
court faces. “Nobody wants to be known as the kid who’s suffering from
depression or suffering from PTSD,” said Superior Court Judge Zoe Bush,
who, as head of the Family Court division, helped design the program.
“It’s not a weakness if you’ve lost someone close to you, to get
treatment for depression or dealing with that loss.”

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#719 of 720: William Hale (hinging0) Sun 18 Mar 2012 (06:49 PM)

At D.C. Superior Court program, a focus on helping minors with mental
health problems

Mark Gail/THE WASHINGTON POST – Judge Joan Goldfrank runs the
juvenile mental health diversion court in Washington.
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D.C.’s juvenile mental health diversion court, one of about a dozen
similar courts around the country, is part of a broader movement toward
“problem-solving” courts that try to tackle social problems such as
drug use and prostitution without incarcerating offenders.

D.C. Superior Court’s diversion programs have included an adult mental
health court and adult drug court. There was as a prostitution court,
but it was discontinued.

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When mental health courts work — and some experts say the results are
mixed — they reduce the number of offenders behind bars while linking
people to services that can help them avoid being arrested again.

In the District, a minor charged with an eligible offense — mostly
misdemeanors and nonviolent offenses such as attempting to flee a law
enforcement officer or driving while intoxicated — can apply to have a
case diverted to Goldfrank’s court if the youth has a mental health
diagnosis, such as generalized anxiety disorder or social phobia.

Instead of facing incarceration, which can increase the odds that the
juvenile will re-offend, juveniles in diversion must deal with their
problem behavior. If they’re cutting school, they have to go back, or
consider getting a GED or a job. If they’re doing drugs, they have to
get tested and get treatment. If they need therapy, they have to see a
psychologist.

If they succeed, they graduate from the program and have their cases
dismissed. If they fail, they may find their cases back on the regular
juvenile calendar.

“You can’t overstate how important it is to have real interventions
that are targeted to the real needs of the youth,” Bush said.

Bush used to run D.C.’s juvenile drug court, and she said she saw kids
there who, “80 to 90 percent of the time,” were smoking marijuana to
self-medicate for undiagnosed mental health problems.

“If you just get the kids to stop smoking, that anxiety and depression
and trauma is still untreated,” she said. “You really want to get to
the underlying problem that they are self-treating and self-medicating.
If you do that, you’re getting them to adjust better at home, at
school and in the community.”

Whether the new mental health diversion court is meeting those
objectives will be the subject of two internal reviews by D.C. Superior
Court.

Early statistics are encouraging. A report from the D.C. Department of
Mental Health showed that 56 juveniles were enrolled in diversion in
2011. Eight, or 14 percent, were re-arrested, compared with 40 percent
in regular court. Nationally, the re-arrest rate is 60 percent,
according to the report.

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#720 of 720: William Hale (hinging0) Sun 18 Mar 2012 (06:52 PM)

At D.C. Superior Court program, a focus on helping minors with mental
health problems

Mark Gail/THE WASHINGTON POST – Judge Joan Goldfrank runs the
juvenile mental health diversion court in Washington.
Text Size PrintE-mailReprints
D.C.’s juvenile mental health diversion court, one of about a dozen
similar courts around the country, is part of a broader movement toward
“problem-solving” courts that try to tackle social problems such as
drug use and prostitution without incarcerating offenders.

D.C. Superior Court’s diversion programs have included an adult mental
health court and adult drug court. There was as a prostitution court,
but it was discontinued.

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When mental health courts work — and some experts say the results are
mixed — they reduce the number of offenders behind bars while linking
people to services that can help them avoid being arrested again.

In the District, a minor charged with an eligible offense — mostly
misdemeanors and nonviolent offenses such as attempting to flee a law
enforcement officer or driving while intoxicated — can apply to have a
case diverted to Goldfrank’s court if the youth has a mental health
diagnosis, such as generalized anxiety disorder or social phobia.

Instead of facing incarceration, which can increase the odds that the
juvenile will re-offend, juveniles in diversion must deal with their
problem behavior. If they’re cutting school, they have to go back, or
consider getting a GED or a job. If they’re doing drugs, they have to
get tested and get treatment. If they need therapy, they have to see a
psychologist.

If they succeed, they graduate from the program and have their cases
dismissed. If they fail, they may find their cases back on the regular
juvenile calendar.

“You can’t overstate how important it is to have real interventions
that are targeted to the real needs of the youth,” Bush said.

Bush used to run D.C.’s juvenile drug court, and she said she saw kids
there who, “80 to 90 percent of the time,” were smoking marijuana to
self-medicate for undiagnosed mental health problems.

“If you just get the kids to stop smoking, that anxiety and depression
and trauma is still untreated,” she said. “You really want to get to
the underlying problem that they are self-treating and self-medicating.
If you do that, you’re getting them to adjust better at home, at
school and in the community.”

Whether the new mental health diversion court is meeting those
objectives will be the subject of two internal reviews by D.C. Superior
Court.

Early statistics are encouraging. A report from the D.C. Department of
Mental Health showed that 56 juveniles were enrolled in diversion in
2011. Eight, or 14 percent, were re-arrested, compared with 40 percent
in regular court. Nationally, the re-arrest rate is 60 percent,
according to the report.

“I’m saying we’re cautiously excited,” said Marie Morilus-Black, the
mental health agency’s director of children and youth services. “The
recidivism rate — we’re just blown away by it. It’s actually showing
that it’s working.”

Juveniles are generally prosecuted by the D.C. attorney general’s
office, and Assistant Attorney General Rachele Reid is the prosecutor
assigned to the juvenile mental health court. In an interview, Reid
said that diversion efforts fit into the city’s objectives.

“Families and communities are looking for alternatives to detention,
but we are there to ensure public safety,” said Reid, who sees up to 30
families a week in JM-4. “Believe it or not, the mind-set of our
section . . . is to be looking to diversion programs.”
After all, treatment can prevent crimes. As Reid puts it: “We don’t
want them back here.”

James L. Nolan, a sociology professor at Williams College who has
written two books on problem-solving courts, said enthusiasm should be
tempered. Although the first mental health court was established in
1997, in Florida, it’s not clear how well such programs stop bad
behavior.

“It is not uncommon for local court programs to exaggerate success
rates,” Nolan said. “This clearly happened in the early years of the
drug court movement. Many of the locally generated evaluations
had serious design flaws. This did not dissuade most problem-solving
advocates, nor did it seem to dampen the general enthusiasm for these
programs.”

But teenagers such as a 17-year old who was referred to diversion in
October offer the staff hope that juvenile mental health court will
succeed.

The teenager was already attending drug treatment programming at
Federal City Recovery Services in Southeast Washington twice a week,
and the diversion program offered her the prospect of avoiding
traditional prosecution.

After almost six months in the diversion program, she graduated last
month with a framed certificate of completion, a letter from the office
of the attorney general, a gift-wrapped copy of “Anne Frank: The Diary
of a Young Girl” and a handshake from Goldfrank.

“This isn’t something I want you to hang in your bathroom,” Goldfrank
said, stepping from behind the bench — a rare sight in other courtrooms
— to hand the young woman her certificate. “When problems come up,
don’t feel like you have to sort them out yourself.”

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