Justice Involved Advocacy
Many individuals who come in contact with law enforcement and the criminal or juvenile justice systems have a mental and/or substance use disorder. More than 80% of state prisoners, 72% of federal prisoners, and 82% of jail inmates meet the criteria for having either a mental health or substance use issue.
Studies have found that for youth in the juvenile justice system, 50% to 70% met criteria for a mental disorder and 60% met criteria for a substance use disorder. Of those youth with co-occurring mental and substance use issues, almost 30% experienced severe disorders that impaired their ability to function.
MHANYS helps individuals who live with a mental health challenge and are involved with the judicial system in NYS. Assistance and guidance are provided for all phases of
Navigating Child Welfare and Family Court
Additional information at http://mhalc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/When-a-Parent-Has-a-Mental-Illness-Child-Custody-Issues.pdf
MHA America has a great site on Parenting http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/parenting
MHANYS also provides assistance to parents living with a mental health challenge and are involved with Family Court.
Call MHANYS’ Mental Health Information Center during regular business hours (Mon-Fri., 9-5), our staff operates the MHIC Information and Referral Line. We link callers to a broad range of local, statewide, and national mental health organizations and programs, and answer questions on mental health and