Improving DYS: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

In my blog post A Parent’s Suggestions for Improving the Division of Youth Services, I outlined several areas DYS needs to improve upon. The fourth area is mental health and substance abuse services, which I believe can be improved in the following ways: Hire additional therapists and certified addiction counselors Offer more individual therapy and family therapy Focus less on…

Improving DYS: Security Measures

In my blog post A Parent’s Suggestions for Improving the Division of Youth Services, I outlined several areas DYS needs to improve upon. The third area is security, which I believe is severely lacking. DYS can improve security in its facilities by doing the following: End contracts with private companies for greater control over and consistency among facilities Implement the…

Improving DYS – Family Involvement

In my blog post A Parent’s Suggestions for Improving the Division of Youth Services, I outlined several areas DYS needs to improve upon. The first is facilitating family involvement, which I believe can be accomplished in the following ways: Place youth in a facility as close to their families as possible Advise parents of the visitation and phone call procedures…

Melissa Marscellus

Melissa Marscellus

A writer, a mom, and an advocate for mental health and juvenile justice reform, Melissa shines a light on our youth in crisis. Read full bio