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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jun 25, 2014

Tennessee is one of four states chosen for a federal program to better help juveniles with behavioral disorders stay out of custody. Along with Georgia, Indiana and Massachusetts, Tennessee state officials are getting support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the MacArthur Foundation to create better ways to screen for behavioral health disorders and care for juveniles in community settings. Although the state has been praised for reducing its jailing of teens in the past 15 years, the new program seeks to help youth long before they come into contact with the justice system. The Tennessean has more.