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Does Incarcerating Youth Affect Their Health As Adults? - The Juvenile Law Center

A new study, How Does Incarcerating Young People Affect their Adult Health Outcomes?, by the American Pediatrics Association (APA) reveals that youth who have been incarcerated have poor health outcomes as adults. The APA study showed that “[f]or…
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Beyond Birth in the Opioid Crisis: What’s Next for Children Born Exposed to Drugs - FOX 61

The number of people who are addicted to opioids in America is on the rise; more babies being born to a mother who used drugs while pregnant. These babies, when born, have to be treated for drug withdrawal and are also at risk for long-term…
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Volusia County Parents Up in Arms, Say Autistic Children Treated like Criminals - WFTV9

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is being sued by Volusia County families who are alleging that federal money is not being spent to properly care for their disabled children in schools. Autistic children are racking up criminal records…
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Disabled Teen Rages, Pounds on Cell Door and Confounds Florida Juvenile Justice - The Miami Herald

Florida's inability to properly fund juvenile residential facilities is keeping a 17-year-old who is intellectually disabled—so much so that he has been declared incompetent to stand trial—in a traditional juvenile facility. Due to the teen's…
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Early Detection Crucial for ASD Treatment - Psychiatry Advisor

The most significant obstacle to effective treatment of autism is late detection. Early diagnosis is the key to success in helping a child with autism, but it is likely to be delayed by as much as two years in children from disadvantaged or…
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Autism is Detectable in Brain Scans Long Before Symptoms Appear, New Study Says - USA TODAY

New research suggests that autism may be detectable within a child's first year of life. Researchers at the University of North Carolina used brain scans to predict with 80 percent accuracy whether certain children would develop autism. This…
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Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the American Institutes of Research have formulated new evidence-based, treatment-oriented guidelines for juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTC).…