Dr. Alessi has over 40 years experience in the treatment of mental conditions in juvenile delinquents. He has worked with juvenile delinquents who are being seen on an outpatient basis as well as those that have been adjudicated and placed in juvenile facilities. In addition, he has worked with in adult correctional facilities. Same conditions but different environment and different ages.
Studies have shown that over 50% of youth placed in juvenile facilities have mental conditions that require treatment and care. Conditions often identified include post traumatic stress disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse disorders and cognitive disabilities. These conditions are often not identified due to the presence of aggression, conduct disorders or the crimes they may have committed.
A factor that makes working with this population particularly difficult is the presence of multiple conditions that interfere with their functioning. Intellectual disabilities, speech and language disorders and autism spectrum disorders are often present. Poly-morbidity can make working with these youth quite difficulties.
Dr. Alessi can provide evaluations and second opinions for these youth, the identification of complex conditions, and recommendations of what treatments might be indicated including medications as well as psychotherapeutic interventions. If requested he can offer individual or programmatic suggestions concerning the management of such youth.