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Designing a Recovery-Oriented Care Model for Adolescents and Transition Age Youth with Substance Use or Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

Cavanaugh, D.,
Goldman, S.,
Friesen, B.,
Bender, C.,
Le, L.
Paper/Research Report
Year Published: 2009
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration (SAMHSA)

On November 13 and 14, 2008, invited family members, youth in treatment or post-treatment for substance use disorders, providers, researchers, and policy-makers participated in a consultative session convened by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). The purpose of the session was to develop a recovery-oriented care model for adolescents and transition age youth with substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders. In this report, the authors include a discussion of the approach, conceptual framework, and working assumptions; background information on the prevalence of substance use and mental health disorders in adolescents and the evolution of the adolescent substance use and mental health service system; and current thinking on recovery-oriented systems of care. They also present results of the consultative session deliberations, with recommendations for the development of recovery-oriented systems of care for youth and for action at the Federal and State levels. Supplemental materials are included in extensive appendices.

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