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CBHJ and Michigan Center for Youth Justice issue report on COVID-19 response in Michigan's Juvenile Justice system
Steps taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 in juvenile detention centers and residential facilities by reducing the number of youths in confinement statewide were successful in many cases and could be a model of how to go forward after the virus recedes, according to a report released Thursday. In collaboration with the Michigan Center for Youth Justice (MCYJ), the Wayne State University School of Social Work Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) surveyed juvenile court and facility staff to better understand the measures taken by juvenile justice professionals, the governor, and the Michigan Supreme Court in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Emergent Use of Remote Technologies in Secure Juvenile Justice Facilities
In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) recognizes that availability of and access to family and loved ones may decrease or be temporarily suspended. The change in programming may impact educational and recreational programs, mental health and substance misuse services and discharge planning (or connection to community-based services) that may have been provided by outside volunteers or service providers. At the same time, the acuity of physical and mental health issues is likely to rise. Strategies to maintain services within the facility and to maintain connections to family and courts can be enhanced by the use of technology (phone, internet) between the facility and community providers.