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COPES For Kids: Youth Crisis Intervention Services

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $496,750)

The proposed project will target Tulsa County (OK) children and youth ages 8 to 18 who are at risk for involvement with the juvenile justice system and/or placement in an inpatient psychiatric facility. Community Outreach Psychiatric Emergency Services (COPES)for Kids is a youth crisis intervention program designed to respond to mental health emergency situations with telephone and/or mobile intervention and follow-up services. This intensive, mobile approach provides not only emergency response and stabilization, but offers continued support through case management and relapse prevention services. In addition to their work with youth and families in crisis, COPES team members will provide ongoing, structured mental health education to law enforcement officers, who in turn will accompany team members and assist them in responding to youth and families experiencing acute behavioral or psychiatric crises.


This project continues a major OJJDP-funded longitudinal study of mental health and substance use disorders among juvenile detainees. Between 1995 and 1998, baseline psychiatric interviews were conducted with 1,829 youth in the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center. Investigators are continuing to conduct annual follow-up interviews with youth and (for youth under the age of 18) their caretakers, regardless of whether youth are in the community or incarcerated. The researchers are also collecting service utilization data from a wide variety of agencies. The study has three primary goals: to assess the developmental course of substance use and mental disorders in juvenile detainees; to examine service availability, service use, and barriers to service access in a juvenile justice population; and to identify patterns of risky behavior in the areas of violence, substance use, and HIV/AIDS.

Date Created: September 11, 2003