Youth, Adjudication, and Mental Health: A Panel Discussion

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The “Youth, Adjudication, and Mental Health” Panel Discussion aims to address the intersection of mental health issues and the legal system of young adults. The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa recognizes the unique challenges faced by youth involved in legal proceedings and strives to promote their mental well-being, rehabilitative outcomes, and successful reintegration into society.

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July 26, 2023

Brookside Library
1207 E 45th Pl
Tulsa, OK 74105

Doors at 5:30pm
Panel begins 6:00pm

Panel Discussion Objectives:

  • Promote Mental Health Awareness: Raise awareness about mental health issues among youth involved in the adjudication system, including the effects of trauma, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions.
  • Early Identification and Intervention: Develop effective screening and assessment protocols to identify mental health needs among youth in the adjudication process, ensuring timely access to appropriate interventions and support services.
  • Comprehensive Mental Health Services: Provide a continuum of evidence-based mental health services tailored to the unique needs of young individuals in the adjudication system, encompassing counseling, therapy, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and crisis intervention.
  • Skill Building and Resilience: Offer targeted interventions to enhance coping skills, emotional regulation, communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution abilities, empowering youth to navigate challenges and make positive choices.
  • Collaborative Approach: Foster collaboration between community leaders, parents, educators, justice professionals, mental health providers, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure a coordinated and holistic response to youth involved in the adjudication system, addressing both their legal and mental health needs.


Cheryl Delk, Ph.D.
Oklahoma Mental Health Association

Delk is the coordinator of The Youth Mental Health Program at Mental Health Association Oklahoma. Delk has a Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a focus on Human Development & Family Science from Oklahoma State University, and a M.S. and B.S. in HDFS from OSU as well.

Delk has over 10 years of Experience in research with family interactions and adolescent development, and was an Adjunct Professor at Oklahoma State University for 7 years and Tulsa Community College for 1 year. Delk has worked in the field of family service for over 10 years, with a focus on youth mental health and suicide prevention for the past 3 years.

Delk’s current position with Mental Health Association Oklahoma for the past 2 years includes presenting mental health wellness education for children and youth in 2nd through 12th grade as well as trainings in Adolescent Development, and Suicide Prevention for community partners and Oklahoma Educators. Delk is the Community Advisor Board Member for the Multicounty Coalition.

Chris Terrell
Oklahoma Juvenile Affairs

Chris Terrell bio forthcoming.

Chad Mikell
Tulsa Community College

Chad Mikell is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Oklahoma. Chad has been Tulsa Community College’s mental health counselor for students since September 2019. Prior to TCC, Chad spent seven years working with teens providing mental health support via the Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program housed at Union Public Schools in Tulsa. Chad considers himself to be an insight oriented, positive psychology practitioner who enjoys helping clients become aware of, develop and utilize their strengths in this experience called life!


Nuceka Bracy-Chatman
A New Leaf Transition Academy

A native of Indiana , Nuceka Bracy-Chatman holds a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications with a minor in Marketing from Ball State University, and a master’s degree in organizational leadership-Public Administration from Northcentral University. Besides being the director of A New Leaf Transition Academy, she is also an Adjunct Professor at Tulsa Community College. Prior to coming to A New Leaf, she worked at Job Corps for eighteen years as the Director of Career Services and before that she was a Senior National Catastrophe Claims Specialist for seven years with State Farm Insurance Companies.

Nuceka has been a Goodwill Industries Board member for seven years, a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church where she is a part of Breakforth Praise Dance Ministry and a vacation bible schoolteacher and is a life member and Mid-Western Regional Cluster Coordinator of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Nuceka’s prior community involvement includes Will Rogers Rotary Club Rotarian, Tulsa Fire Department Citizen’s Panel Board Member for eleven years, Tulsa Technology Center Advisory Council, National American University Advisory Council, U. S. Army Grassroots Taskforce and Jack and Jill of America- Tulsa Chapter.

Nuceka is married to Derrick Chatman, who is a mechanical engineer, and they have two handsome sons, Derrick, and Drew.