Serving Court-involved Youth

The Court Assessment & Treatment Team provide mental health and substance abuse assessment and treatment services to youth involved with Henrico Court Services. This team includes our Juvenile Court liaison, who serves as a contact person for all youth and adults who have been court-ordered to Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services. Services offered include:


Juvenile Court Liaison provides twenty hours per week of on-site access to mental health consultation and referral for youth and adults who have been court-ordered for mental health/substance assessment and treatment. Liaison tracks assignment and completion of court-ordered evaluations. Liaison also coordinates the assignment of custody and visitation evaluation, following payment for services. As time permits, Juvenile Court liaison may conduct juvenile mental health/substance assessments on site.


Individual or family appointments for initial assessment or court-specified evaluation (1-3 sessions).


Licensed therapists meet with the child and family on a regular basis to develop strategies to assist in managing the youth’s emotional and behavioral difficulties. Typically most of these therapy sessions will include the youth and family members. Youth who need evaluation for medication and follow-up monitoring are referred to our staff psychiatrist specializing in working with children and adolescents or to a child psychiatrist in the community.

MULTISYSTEMIC THERAPY SERVICES – serving court-involved youth ages 11 through 17

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an evidence-based practice, with extensive statistical data to prove its effectiveness for treating youth with significant behavioral disorders such as oppositional defiant behavior (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD). MST is a family-and home-based treatment that focuses on improving youth functioning in their natural settings – home, school, and community. MST is designed to be a comprehensive intervention that focuses on all of the systems which impact a youth’s life. For this reason, individual and group therapy are not recommended as adjunct services during the time a youth is receiving MST.

MST Treatment Principles:

  • Partner with families by identifying strengths, developing natural support systems, and removing barriers that interfere with their capacity to function effectively as parents.
  • Promote positive social behaviors while decreasing antisocial behaviors.
  • Continuously evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, with weekly renegotiation of strategies as needed to achieve successful outcomes.


Crisis intervention, stabilization, state hospital discharge planning, and mental health consultation to detained youth.


REFERRAL INFORMATION to probation officers and Court Services Unit for juvenile and adult sex offender, anger management, and domestic violence treatment.