Stoneleigh is committed to supporting young people’s overall well-being, including their social development and mental and physical health. We invest in work that improves the health of individuals involved—or at significant risk of involvement—with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems as well as those affected by violence. Lessons learned from research on childhood trauma and toxic stress are fundamental to this work.
- Ensure vulnerable youth receive high-quality, coordinated care
Young people involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems disproportionately struggle with chronic health conditions, mental health challenges, substance abuse, and profound experiences of trauma. However, the care they receive is frequently fragmented and insufficiently addresses their complex needs. Stoneleigh seeks to ensure these young people receive high-quality, culturally competent treatment, and that there is strong coordination and continuity of care across systems.
- Identify and treat behavioral health issues to prevent system involvement
We invest in efforts that aim to address behavioral health issues that can lead to involvement with the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. For example, we support targeted prevention strategies that address parental mental health or substance abuse issues in order to reduce the risk of child removal. In addition, we invest in approaches to identify and resolve the root causes of young people’s behavioral issues that too often serve as a pathways to into the juvenile justice system.
- Reduce youth violence
We support approaches that address the needs of youth affected by violence in their communities. These include targeted prevention strategies (focused on reducing the likelihood that youth with multiple risk factors become victims or perpetrators) as well as intervention strategies (focused on reducing violent behavior among those already engaging in violence). We also support strategies that address the physical, emotional and social needs of victims in order to ultimately disrupt the cycle of violence that can frequently trap these young people.