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Using Family Navigation to Promote Diversion
Many youth who come before the court do well when they and their families can access clinical care and community services. A family navigator, working in partnership with the district attorney and other court personnel, found that providing this help resulted in a 91% success rate for diverted youth.

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The Impact of Family Peer Support for Justice Involved Families
When surveyed, Massachusetts families who had received family peer support services and had children who were juvenile justice involved reported significant improvements in their own ability to access and navigate services as well as persist when the going got tough. Families also reported marked inequities both their access to special education and the reasons their child ended up before the court.  Little research has been done in this area; this is one of the few studies of the impact of family peer support on families whose children are justice involved.

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Talk It Out: What Youth and Young Adults Say About Getting Mental Health and Substance Use Information
In 2018, Youth MOVE Massachusetts, working with Parent/Parent Professional Advocacy League surveyed 140 youth and young adults on how they got information about mental health and substance use.  The young people ranged in age from 11 to 26, lived in small towns and big cities and were culturally diverse.  This one pager shows key findings from that survey.  Full report coming soon.

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