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20 Dev. Mental Health L. 1 (2000-2001)

handle is hein.journals/dvmnhlt20 and id is 1 raw text is: Developments in
Mental Health Law
The Institute'of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy - The University of Virginia
Volume 20, Number 1                                      (December 2000)
Mental Health Needs Among
Adolescents Committed to the
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
Elizabeth Lloyd McGarvey, Ed.D. and Dennis Waite, Ph.D. *
Mental health needs among juveniles who have contact with law enforcement
agencies may vary somewhat across Virginia due to cultural and regional differences as
well as the agency contact of origin. This article provides a prevalence report on the mental
health  problems  and  the  trends in
psychotropic  medication  use  among
adolescents who have been remanded to  Also in this issue:
Virginia's Department of Juvenile Justice
(DJJ) over the past eight years. Thus, it  Supreme Court Cases ........ 12
provides an overview of the mental health  Other Federal Cases .......... 13
needs of adolescents committed to the DJJ.  tr Fedr Cases.........13
Virginia Court Cases ......... 18
Other State Court Cases ...... 20
Virginia Legislation .......... 22
Using averages over an eight-year
period, about 1,550 youth are committed to
Virginia's juvenile correctional facilities in any
year, of whom 89% are males and 11 % are
females. The race/ethnic distribution of youth
* Dr. McGarvey is an Associate Professor of Psychiatric Medicine and Director of the Division of
Prevention Research at the University of Virginia. Dr. Waite is the Director of Psychology for the
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of
Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia.

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