What Happens Now?

Understanding Mental Health in the Juvenile Justice System

Entering the Juvenile Justice system can be scary for families, especially if there are mental health concerns that need to be addressed during the process. Join our conversation about how mental health care is handled at the local, county and state level within the juvenile system, and how you can engage in the process.

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Session Presenters

Darin Burrell

Chief Probation Officer/Department Administrator, Fremont & Clark County, Juvenile Probation

Darin currently oversees the juvenile probation departments in Fremont and Clark Counties. Darin has worked in the justice system for over 27 years in both adult and juvenile justice.  He currently chairs the District 7 Juvenile Justice Council and serves on the Idaho Juvenile Justice Commission. Darin also currently serves as a board member on the Region 7 Behavioral Health Board and is the vice chair for the Grant Review Council for the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission. 

Darin understands the importance of collaboration and work within the community.  He works diligently with a wide range of community members including elected officials, community leaders, educators and other stakeholders on the multitude of issues that impact juvenile justice in efforts to improve the lives of the youth and families throughout the state.

Mindy Jensen, LMSW

Clinician, Five County Detention and Youth Rehabilitation

Mindy has worked as the Detention Clinician at Five County Detention and Youth Rehabilitation since 2018. She is native to St. Anthony and loves the community that she serves. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She went on to receive her Masters Degree in Social Work from Boise State University, and became a Licensed Master Social Worker. 

Mindy has experience in working with adoption and complicated family situations. She also has experience in working with juveniles dealing with trauma, grief, substance abuse and other mental health disorders. Mindy sees great value in the Detention Clinician Program and enjoys working with existing community resources and services to support the system of care for the juvenile and their family. 

Hon. Cathleen MacGregor Irby

Ada County Juvenile Court

Judge MacGregor-Irby has been a magistrate judge in Ada County since May 2005; her assignments included Child Protection/Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption Cases; Juvenile Court; Domestic Violence Court and General misdemeanor criminal cases. She was a Deputy Ada County Prosecutor from 1994-2005 and served in the criminal and civil divisions of that office – with her primary assignment being the child protection division.   

She is married and lives in Boise.  She has two children – her son is a junior in college in Montana and her daughter is a sophomore in high school in Boise.

James Phillips

Juvenile Placement Manager, Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections

James is the Juvenile Placement Manager at the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections (IDJC).  He has worked in that role since February 2018.  He has over 20 years’ experience in juvenile justice and has been with IDJC since April 2001.  James has worked in various capacities with the department, including Rehabilitation Technician, Rehabilitation Specialist, Facility Training Coordinator and Program Specialist.  James has participated in various teams and workgroups regarding Youth Empowerment Services (YES) over the past 5 years.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University – Idaho and is a Certified Public Manager. He loves the outdoors, obstacle course races, and values time participating in various activities with his three children.