Master's Theses


Political Science

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies (MLS)


This thesis proposes to answer the following question: are the needs of youth with mental health disorders who are in juvenile correctional facilities in the State of Kansas, being met? Mental health disorders were researched to gain an understanding of the most common diagnoses facing youth, and specifically those who are incarcerated. Data were provided by the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority to report how many youth in Kansas's juvenile correctional facilities have a mental health disorder as well as what disorders arc most prevalent among juvenile offenders. Information was sought to determine what mental health services are available to youth in juvenile correctional facilities in the State of Kansas. The results have demonstrated that the juvenile justice system in Kansas has responded positively to legislative mandates regarding the treatment provided to youth with mental illness: however, the most crucial interventions remain in the planning stages and have not reached full implementation.


Arthur Morin

Date of Award

Spring 2006

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


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