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SAMHSA Awards More Than $15 Million for 17 Family-Centered Substance Abuse Treatment Grants for Adolescents and their Families
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced that it is awarding 17 grants totaling more than $15 million over the next three years to community-based organizations that will provide treatment services to adolescents with substance abuse problems. Grantees receiving these awards will utilize known, effective strategies that include families as an integral part of the treatment process.
“Families are an integral part of the treatment process and their inclusion increases the likelihood of successful treatment outcomes and recovery,” said SAMHSA Administrator Terry L. Cline, Ph.D. “Data from our most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows the need is great, with 2.1 million youths, ages 12-17, who would benefit from treatment for an alcohol or illicit drug use problem. Of this group, only 181,000 youths actually got care at a specialty facility. With effective community-based care and recovery support services, these young people are far more likely to experience success in school and far less likely to become tangled in the justice system.”
Two treatment strategies being used by grantees are the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA) and Assertive Continuing Care (ACC). The former is a 12-session, manual-guided treatment that uses individualized, flexible behavioral approaches focusing on the development of coping skills for both the youth and the primary caregivers. The ACC model provides continuing care for adolescents who have received treatment using the ACRA protocol. ACC case managers are assertive in their efforts to engage both youth and their families, and deliver care primarily through home visits.
Each recipient will receive up to $300,000 per year for up to three years. First-year funding totals $5.1 million. Continuation of these awards is subject to both availability of funds and progress achieved by awardees. Grants were awarded to:
Special Service for Groups, Inc., Los Angeles--$300,000 per year to support the Special Services for Groups/Homeless Outreach Program’s Supporting Opportunities for Adolescent Recovery (SOAR). This project will provide evidence-based, family-centered substance abuse treatment. It will reach underserved populations, including minority, low-income, substance-abusing youth ages 12-20, particularly those in South Los Angeles.
Walden House, Inc., San Francisco--$300,000 per year to Walden House’s Webs of Support to utilize ACRA and ACC as strategies to bridge and integrate youth with substance use disorders back into the family and community after residential treatment. The process begins at the point of entry into treatment and requires coordinated, collaborative community-based resources. The project’s target population consists of vulnerable youth and their families, specifically youths ages 12-17 who have substance use disorders, are residents of San Francisco County and are enrolled in Walden House’s 90-day Residential Evaluation and Assessment Program, and their parent/caregivers.
WestCare California, Inc., Fresno--$300,000 per year to develop a family-centered outpatient treatment program that will provide home-based treatment and continuing care services to adolescents and their caregivers. The program employs a research-based approach to treating adolescents, expands treatment capacity in an underserved area, and provides treatment choice. Services will focus on interaction between the youth and others in their environments, including family and those in school, work, probation or other areas. Weekly sessions are provided in the home or location chosen by the client on days and hours convenient to the client. Parent caregiver participation is required. Assertive case management in continuing care will include advocacy, linkage with community resources, transportation, job-finding assistance, recreation and social activity assistance, home visits, and reinforcement of the treatment approach.
University of Colorado, Denver & HSC--$295,244 per year to enhance substance abuse treatment by providing 12 to 14 weeks of continuing care using the ACRA/ACC model for adolescents exiting the Synergy Assertive Continuing Care’s residential and day treatment programs, and the Denver Family Crisis Center’s Residential Treatment Center. This evidence-based model has been effective in minimizing relapse and enhancing the youths’ reintegration with family and community. The project will target adolescents from the entire five-county Denver metropolitan area. Synergy is also partnering in this project with Mile High Youth Corps, a program specializing in the development of youths’ pro-social activities and skills as a mechanism for avoiding relapse.
Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital & Center, Inc., Oak Ridge--$300,000 to Ridgeview’s Outpatient Alcohol and Drug (ROAD) Treatment Program, which will implement ACRA/ACC models for adolescents and their families in the rural East Tennessee counties of Anderson, Morgan, and Campbell. The ROAD project will provide a network consisting of juvenile courts, school systems, and the Department of Children Services.
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville--$297,959 for the University’s Family-Community Connections to implement ACRA. This project represents a partnership consisting of Sam Houston State University researchers, Phoenix House of Houston treatment providers, and youth supervised by the Montgomery County Juvenile Probation Department.
For more information, visit http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/child/childhealth.asp.
SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health services delivery system.
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