Acute service delivery in a police-mental health program for children exposed to violence and trauma.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The Child Development Community Policing Program represents a national model of community-based collaboration between police and mental health professionals for violence-exposed and traumatized children. Administrative data from clinical records of a 24-hour consultation service were examined through stepwise multivariate logistic regression to identify child and event characteristics associated with a direct, in-person response at the time of police contact. Of 2361 children, 809 (34.3%) received a direct, in-person response. Relative to Caucasian children, Hispanic youth were more likely to receive this form of response (OR = 1.36). An acute clinical response was more likely for incidents of gang involvement (OR = 8.12), accidents (OR = 5.21), felony assaults (OR = 2.97), property crimes (OR = 2.30), family violence (OR = 1.53) and psychiatric crises (OR = 1.29). Acute response was less likely when juvenile conduct problems (OR = 0.61), fires (OR = 0.59), child maltreatment (OR = 0.57), and domestic violence (OR = 0.44) were involved. Incidents that were more severe or involved a primary mental health component were related to utilization of intensive CDCP resources.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Murphy, RA; Rosenheck, RA; Berkowitz, SJ; Marans, SR

Published Date

  • 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 76 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 107 - 121

PubMed ID

  • 15884740

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-2720

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11089-005-2334-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States