Andres J. Pumariega, MD

Cooper University Hospital and Health System

Accredited by

American Psychiatric Association

Course Description

The United States has a long history of institutionalization of youth with social, emotional and behavioral needs. Advocacy groups have focused on the deinstitutionalization of youth. Still, the United States leads the world in incarceration of youth in juvenile justice (over 100,000, 75% from minority populations, with high mental health needs) and has over 200,000 youth in behavioral residential treatment facilities (RTFs). More recently, large numbers of undocumented immigrant Latino youth are now placed in residential facilities. This practice continues even with a lack of evidence for benefit from RTFs, high rates of prior traumatization among youth in RTFs and recent investigations of abuses within RTFs. This presentation examines the placement of youth RTFs in the United States, the evidence around mental health needs and the trauma histories of youths served, and the policy and system reforms needed to address the adverse consequences of this practice.

Activity Details

Credit Types:CME
Credit Amount:0.50 Credits
Release Date:2017-Apr-01
Expiration Date:2020-Feb-01
Estimated Time for Completion:30 minutes
Registration Required:Yes

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