Community Supervision of Juveniles with Behavioral Health Disorders

Community Supervision of Juveniles with Behavioral Health Disorders 

Over three-fourths of youth in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable behavioral health condition. For supervision officers, this can be a challenging population with which to work. They often are involved in multiple systems and have complex and diverse needs. As such, it is important that juvenile probation officers recognize the symptoms of common behavioral health conditions to facilitate appropriate referrals and understand how a behavioral health disorder can impact the supervision process.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PSC-0-CSJBHD
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2025
Learning Objectives:
Recognize the 8 most common behavioral health disorders among justice-involved youth.
Describe how the juvenile justice environment influences the behavior of juveniles with behavioral health disorders.
Explain how to supervise juveniles with behavioral health disorders more effectively.
Discuss how to coordinate services with treatment providers to improve the success of youth on supervision.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Behavioral Health and Juvenile Justice

Overlap Between Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Involvement

How Justice-Involved Youth Fall Through the Treatment Crack

Common Behavioral Health Disorders

Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Depressive Disorders

Bipolar and Related Disorders

Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders

Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders

Substance Use Disorders



Section 3: Challenges and Solutions


System Impacts on Behavioral Health

Why Is This Important?

Knowledge Check

Know About Psychotropic Drugs

Strategies to Improve Supervision Outcomes

Use Trauma-Informed Practices

Build Healthy Relationships with Youth

Consider Their Condition When Sanctioning

Provide Consistency

Focus on Strengths

Collaborate with Treatment and Other Service Providers



Section 4: Conclusion


Course Contributors





Instructor: Dee K. Bell, PhD
Dr. Dee Bell is a clinical psychologist and consultant in the areas of Restorative Justice, Juvenile Justice and Correctional Assessments. She retired as the Deputy Commissioner of Juvenile Justice at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Previously, she served for four years as the Administrator of the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University and the Director of the Balanced and Restorative Justice Project sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Prior to these positions, she has worked 30 + years in Community Corrections for Georgia and Florida State Government. Educated at Clemson University and Emory University, she has provided training in both state and national venues for many years and has authored and co-authored a number of articles on justice system issues and adult and juvenile justice curricula and restorative justice in communities and schools. Disclosure: Dee K. Bell, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, M.S.
Mrs. Cobb is a Content Writer for Public Safety and Health and Human Services at Relias. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Mrs. Cobb has 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. She has worked in direct service positions as well as in research, training, and technical assistance capacities. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky managing federal, state, and foundation grants awarded to the College of Medicine, Behavioral Science department, Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, and Kentucky Rural Medical Centers.


Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, M.S. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; Law Enforcement; in the following settings: Juvenile Corrections.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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