Behavioral Health Services for Criminal Justice-Involved Populations, Part 3: Serving Children of Incarcerated Parents

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Behavioral Health Services for Criminal Justice-Involved Populations
Part 3: Serving Children of Incarcerated Parents
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Lauren Pappacena, MSW

March 14, 2023, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST


This webinar will review the importance of providing behavioral health services to children of incarcerated parents. It will discuss the need for services and the impact that parental incarceration can have on youth development. It will also introduce evidence-based strategies and resources for children and families impacted by parental criminal justice-system involvement. Additionally, the webinar will walk through the planning steps to developing new service programs for these children and families and review potential collaborative partners for these efforts. Lastly, the webinar will provide an opportunity for facilitated small group discussion about serving children of incarcerated parents.


  • Explain the service needs of children of incarcerated parents
  • Describe the evidence-based strategies and resources that can support children and families impacted by parental criminal justice-system involvement
  • Prepare for the development of new service programs
  • Identify other stakeholders serving children of incarcerated parents


Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP is a Senior Policy Analyst with Carnevale Associates. Josh has extensive experience in substance use prevention; researching, writing, and presenting on best practice and knowledge development publications, briefs, and reference guides; and developing and providing T/TA to numerous organizations. He developed numerous SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies’ (CAPT) products on strategies to prevent opioid misuse and overdose, risk and protective factors for substance use, youth substance use prevention strategies, youth substance use trends, emerging substance use trends, the potential regulations surrounding marijuana legalization, as well as numerous other topics.
Lauren PappacenaLauren Pappacena, MSW is a Research Associate with Carnevale Associates. Lauren has a background in criminal justice and juvenile justice research specifically as it relates to evidence-based programs and practices spanning criminal justice topics, including corrections, law enforcement, reentry, and courts. Currently, she assists with training evaluations for NADCP and the PTTC, where she brings her experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis and data visualization. With a strong interest in policy analysis, research translation, data collection, and analytic writing, Ms. Pappacena is published in the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work for her analysis of national early-release laws.


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