Intersection between Mental Health and the Juvenile Justice System Mental health disorders are prevalent among youths in the juvenile justice system. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service Engagement by Men and Women During Community Reentry Following Incarceration Begun AL, Early TJ, Hodge A. Adm Policy Ment Health. Juvenile criminal records in conjunction with behavioral health screenings were analyzed to determine differences in referrals and recidivism among first time offenders. A meta-analysis by Vincent and colleagues (2008) suggested that at some juvenile justice contact points, as many as 70 percent of youths have a diagnosable mental health problem. Youth mental health problems, delinquency, and recidivism Mental health problems and disorders are linked to youth offending behaviors and In addition to the study, we review juvenile justice mental health screening to improve detection and treatment. 2015 Feb 8. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 67.5 percent of individuals released from state detention facilities are arrested again within three years. To investigate the association between mental disorders and recidivism in juveniles, a three-level meta-analysis of 20 manuscripts (17 independent studies, N = 5737 juveniles) was conducted.The study focused on internalizing disorders, externalizing disorders, and comorbid disorders (combinations of an internalizing and externalizing disorder). “Individuals reentering the community following incarceration are at high risk for experiencing mental health and substance use problems.