Health Care Access and Utilization by Youth in Juvenile Justice
Youth involved in the juvenile justice system are known to have significant medical and mental health difficulties. Matt Aalsma is concerned about the large number of youth in the juvenile justice system who are minorities and are impoverished. Dr. Aalsma is researching ways to link these youth to the medical and mental health care they need for successful reentry into community life. To help youth get connected to needed services, a medical and mental health care screening program is being tested at the Indianapolis Juvenile Detention Center. This project is funded through a federal grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Successful practices developed here in Indiana can have a positive impact on youth in juvenile justice systems across the country. Professor Aalsma’s research seeks to improve the lives of youth in the juvenile justice system as well as their chances for successful transition to community life.
Dr. Aalsma’s project exploring how to link youth in the juvenile justice system to needed medical and mental health care is another example of how IUPUI's faculty members are TRANSLATING their RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE.