Tuesday, April 2, 2002
$5.85 Million Awarded for Youth Alcohol and Drug Treatment Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced $5.85 million for eight new awards to help strengthen and expand community-based systems for drug and alcohol addiction identification, referral and treatment for young people. These new cooperative agreements will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). "When a young person has a drug problem, early intervention and treatment are key to reducing the damaging effects on the child and the costs to society," said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. "This program will help to strengthen and expand an effective service delivery system in communities with great need." Awards were made to: the Inter-tribal Council of Michigan in Sault Ste. Marie, MI: seven counties in greater Louisville, KY; the State Department of Children and Families in Hartford, CT; the Cuyohoga County Board of Commissioners in Cleveland, Ohio; Codac Behavioral Health Services of Pima County, Inc. of Tucson, AZ; Adolescent Treatment Centers Inc. of Oakland, CA; Phoenix Programs of New York, Inc. of New York City; and the University of Iowa, Iowa City. SAMHSA Administrator, Charles G. Curie, pointed out that "The number of adolescents aged 12-17 admitted to substance abuse treatment continues to grow. About half of the admissions for young people are a result of referral from the criminal justice system. These grants can help young people get treatment before they become further entangled in the justice system." "CSAT wants to assist communities in their efforts to address drug and alcohol problems among youth where there is a lack of a treatment system, infrastructure and a continuum of care to effectively intervene with substance abusing youth," said CSAT Director H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H. The programs funded include: The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. received $750,000 to implement a youth system of care for young people from five Michigan Indian tribes. They will combine contemporary Western treatment models with the Native American Indian philosophy of individual wellness and balance within the community. Seven Counties Services, Inc. of Louisville, KY will receive $604,522 to develop an integrated comprehensive system of care for youths and their families , with a special emphasis on interventions for youth and families who are victims of violence and in need of substance abuse treatment services. The State Department of Children and Families in Hartford, CT will receive $$750,000 to enhance the alcohol and drug treatment delivery system for youth in the city by creating a network of providers; creating a community-based outreach system; providing community education to parents; and training providers about exemplary treatment models. The Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners in Cleveland will receive $750,000 to develop an integrated delivery system to increase early identification, treatment availability, and appropriate matching of adolescents to services. Codac Behavioral Health Services of Pima County, Inc. of Tucson, AZ will receive $747,268 to serve both urban and rural areas of Pima County. The project will provide needed services for youth that provide a continuum of care through community linkages and community outreach, and include a prevention component. Adolescent Treatment Centers Inc. of Oakland, CA will receive $749,780 to provide a model that creates a partnership to bridge state and local government efforts to provide services to youth age 13-19 in a multi-ethnic community with high drug use and high numbers of youth in detention. Phoenix Programs of New York, Inc. will receive $749,988 to increase identification, assessment, referral and access to treatment for high risk youth in Harlem. These efforts will also include training for staff of community agencies on trauma counseling and disaster response in the wake of the events of 9/11. The University of Iowa will receive $750,000 to strengthen a system for identification, screening, assessment and referral of youth ages 12-21 for substance abuse treatment in Johnson and Iowa Counties. Plans call for coordinating comprehensive care across the two counties.