Rep. Calley’s plan to help troubled Michigan youth approved by House

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Legislation establishes juvenile mental health courts

State Rep. Julie Calley’s plan to create specialized juvenile mental health courts in Michigan was approved unanimously today in the state House.

Calley, of Portland, said Michigan’s current mental health courts successfully help struggling adults overcome their challenges through court-based treatment programs, reducing recidivism across the state.

“Treatment courts focus on the root cause and help participants regain control of their life,” Calley said. “By establishing juvenile mental health courts, we will help troubled kids and their families learn to address their challenges and reduce the chance of repeat offenses.”

Calley said Michigan’s current procedures for mental health courts were established with the adult court system in mind. The juvenile system uses different terms, involves different entities, and expects different results than the adult system.

The plan laid out in House Bills 5806-08 uses the well-established adult mental health court system as a framework, with modifications to address the needs of juveniles in Michigan.

“Troubled youth across the state are going to benefit from this plan,” Calley said. “The sooner they receive the support they need, the more likely they are to grow up to lead healthy, successful lives.”

The plan now moves to the Senate for consideration.