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Suicide Prevention in Juvenile Correctional Facilities

Suicide Prevention in Juvenile Correctional Facilities

Youth who have contact with the juvenile justice system are at higher risk for suicide than youth in the general population. This presents a challenge for state juvenile correctional administrators who are responsible for implementing policies and procedures to ensure the safety of all youth in custody.

SPRC and the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) developed a two-part webinar series titled Suicide Prevention in Juvenile Detention and Correctional Facilities, in partnership with Lindsay Hayes, Project Director, National Center on Institutions and Alternatives.  The webinar series is for administrators and staff who are responsible for creating and/or implementing suicide prevention policies within juvenile detention facilities, including:

  • State juvenile correctional administrators
  • Facility directors
  • Mental health directors
  • Training directors

The webinar series describes the demographic and facility characteristics of juvenile suicide and teaches the eight critical components of a sound suicide prevention policy:

  • Staff training
  • Intake screening and ongoing assessment
  • Communication
  • Housing
  • Levels of supervision
  • Intervention
  • Reporting
  • Mortality review

The webinar series can be viewed online.

For more information about preventing suicide among youth in contact with the juvenile justice system: