Indiana University School of Medicine

The Indiana University School of Medicine Hub aims to improve treatment linkages and care coordination within the eight juvenile justice systems across Indiana. To address current gaps, the Indiana Hub is implementing a Learning Health System (LHS) to improve collaboration between juvenile justice agencies and community mental health centers, using interagency data sharing to identify gaps and opportunities to implement evidence-based interventions. The goal of this study is to identify mechanisms to improve interagency collaboration; enhance prevention and treatment service delivery along the opioid care cascade; and improve outcomes for justice-involved youth at high risk of developing a substance use disorder.

Study Aims

Create alliances between the juvenile justice system and community mental health centers

Improve services targeting at-risk youth

Generate and track local solutions to address continuum-of-care gaps in rural counties

Assess the long-term, community-wide effects of these interventions on public health and safety outcomes

Study Sites


Study Settings

Juvenile justice (8)

Principal Investigator

Headshot of Matt Aaslsma

Matthew C. Aalsma

PhD, Indiana University

Health Agency Partner

  • Nancy Wever, Indiana Supreme Court, Office of Court Services

Justice Agency Partner

  • Douglas Huntsinger, Office of the Indiana Governor