Incarceration of Youth with Mental Health Disorders in New Mexico
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The Special Investigations Division of the House Committee on Government Reform conducted an investigation into the juvenile detention system in New Mexico and its effect on the state's youth in light of the state's third-highest youth suicide rate in the country. The committee examined individual cases of the release of incarcerated youth in New Mexico with mental health disorders in order to see the effect that incarceration and the lack of mental health services had on these youth. The committee found that these youth often have their incarceration extended as a result of a lack of mental healthcare facilities.