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SAMHSA News - May/June 2008, Volume 16, Number 3

photo of young offender sitting by a graffiti wall – for SAMHSA News story on CSAT and YORP programs What Works?

 By Rebecca A. Clay

Every year an estimated 100,000 adolescents and young adults return to their homes following incarceration.

What’s the best way to help them stay out of trouble? SAMHSA’s Young Offender Reentry Program (YORP) has three basic principles:

  • Start early. Don’t wait until people are older or have served multiple or lengthy prison terms, recommends Ken Robertson, Team Leader of the Criminal Justice Grant Programs at SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

    Intervening while clients are still young means a better chance of breaking the cycle of recidivism.

  • Create a seamless continuum of care. Treating substance abuse and other problems while young people are incarcerated isn’t enough, said Mr. Robertson.

    And waiting until they're out doesn't work either. What's needed instead, he explained, are programs that “reach into the institution,” focus on transition planning, and continue on the outside until the young people are back on their feet again.

  • Use a holistic approach. Young Offender Reentry Program grantees (see Grantees List for all participating YORP programs) don’t just focus on substance abuse treatment.

    They also help young people find a place to live, learn basic skills like using a checkbook, get an education or a job, and anything else they need to succeed in daily life. End of Article

Part 1: Helping Young Offenders Return to Communities

Part 2: Helping Young Offenders Return to Communities

Grantees List 

Administrator’s Message: Reducing Substance Use, Reducing Recidivism »

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Inside This Issue
Helping Young Offenders Return to Communities
Part 1
Part 2
What Works?
Grantees List

Administrator’s Message: Reducing Recidivism

New CSAP Director Named

Returning Veterans: Upcoming Conference Scheduled

Millions Are Driving Under the Influence

Underage Drinking
Communities Take Action
Underage Drinkers Get Alcohol from Adults
How Much Are Young People Drinking?

The American Experience
Promoting the Well-Being of Arab and Muslim Youth
Joining Together
Preventing and Treating Substance Abuse
Refugee Experience
Domestic Violence

2008 Recovery Month Toolkit Available

Honoring Accuracy in Television, Film
PRISM Awards
Voice Awards

Children’s Mental Health Day

Depression: For Teens, Not Just Growing Pains

Staff in the News: Women's Committee Adds Nine New Members

Guest Speaker: Filmmaker Presents Behind Closed Doors


SAMHSA News - May/June 2008, Volume 16, Number 3