Topic Archive: Mental Health Issues

Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues of children, as they relate to the role of a juvenile defender, overlap considerably with the areas of Child & Adolescent Development, Competence, and Educational Issues. Disabilities or mental health disorders can impede a youth’s development, negatively influence decision-making capacities, and contribute substantially to behavioral problems. As juvenile defenders receive new cases…

State v. Barnes

At the request of the Tennessee Office of the Public Defender, the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, joined by NJDC and several other organizations, filed an amicus brief in support of the suppression of a juvenile’s confession, which specifically sought a per se rule suppressing a confession where there is a threat of the…

Juvenile Defense Resource Center Partnership

Real and sustainable juvenile defense reform takes a collaborative effort. NJDC is pleased to be a part of the Resource Center Partnership, which allows NJDC to actively engage a broader community of stakeholders that includes judges, court administrators, policy advocates, educators, families, legislators, and other interested parties. The Partnership is based on nearly twenty years…