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Title: How to Implement a Model to Get Youth Off Drugs and Out of Crime
Contributors: Reclaiming Futures Project Director Fellowship
Begich, Tom
Keywords: Juvenile justice, Administration of—United States
Youth—Substance use—Treatment
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Reclaiming Futures
Place of Publication: Portland, Ore.
Series/Report no.: Reclaiming Futures National Fellowship Report
Description: Teens with substance abuse and delinquency problems face serious consequences for their lives, their family’s lives, their communities, and the lives of their victims. Without treatment their lives and others are often crippled and sometimes end prematurely. We know that practical, inexpensive screening tools exist to identify substance abuse. There are also proven assessment methods that can confirm drug and alcohol involvement, and treatment programs for adolescents that have been proven to work. Nevertheless, in countless communities across the United States, our juvenile justice system does not screen, does not assess, and does not provide substance abuse treatment for teens in trouble with the law. We ignore proven health care tools and instead tell our teens to go to school, stay out of trouble, and hope that everything will just work out. An illustrative model has been developed that identifies the critical stages to implementing successful treatment for teens with substance abuse problems in the juvenile justice system. It consists of six stages that direct how the juvenile justice system, substance abuse treatment providers, and the community (including the families of juvenile justice youth) work together.
ISSN: 1930-2231 (online)
1930-2223 (print)
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