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dc.contributor.authorFerguson, Candace Moreno ( )
dc.date.accessioned2006-02-24T20:12:12Z
dc.date.available2012-02-24T10:14:27Z
dc.date.issued2005-08en_US
dc.identifier.citationFerguson, C. M. (2005). Aftercare for youth with mental health disorders in the juvenile justice system: An assessment of the aftercare program of Williamson County Juvenile Services. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/3552
dc.descriptionMcGrew Public Policy Award Winner.
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this study is first to describe the ideal characteristics of an effective mental health aftercare program based on a review of the literature. The second purpose is to conduct a case study and assess the aftercare program in Williamson County, Texas using the ideal characteristics. Finally, recommendations that should assist all juvenile probation departments in Texas more effectively to supervise youth with mental health needs are developed. Methodology: The methodologies used in this case study of Williamson County Juvenile Services include structured interviews, document analysis and archival data analysis. Document analysis was conducted using the County's policy and procedure manual and archival data such as case plans and chronological notes were used as a supplemental data collection method as well. A systematic sample of archival data was conducted of 21 youth randomly selected from a total of 103 youth sent to or released from post-adjudication facilities in Williamson County, during 2004 - 2005. Results: Overall, the Aftercare Program in Williamson County adheres to the practical ideal type model developed through the literature, but could improve services by: providing set guidelines in Policy and Procedure, providing specialized training for Aftercare Officers, developing a specialized Aftercare Team, and providing staff development through ongoing training and evaluation.en_US
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dc.format.extent124 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.sourceAn Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University-San Marcos, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Summer 2005.
dc.subjectYouthen_US
dc.subjectMental healthen_US
dc.subjectJuvenileen_US
dc.subjectJusticeen_US
dc.subjectTexasen_US
dc.subjectWilliamson Countyen_US
dc.subjectCase studyen_US
dc.titleAftercare for Youth with Mental Health Disorders in the Juvenile Justice System: An Assessment of the Aftercare Program of Williamson County Juvenile Servicesen_US
txstate.documenttypeResearch Reporten_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberShields, Patricia M.
txstate.departmentPolitical Science


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