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NCJ Number: 158699 Find in a Library
Title: Court as an Effective Consumer of Substance Abuse Services
Journal: Juvenile and Family Court Journal  Volume:46  Issue:4  Dated:(Fall 1995)  Pages:33-35
Author(s): L Acoca
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: State Justice Institute
Alexandria, VA 22314
Grant Number: SJI-95-11H-C-030
Type: Guideline
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In order to guide juvenile and family court judges in selecting effective adolescent drug treatment programs, this article outlines the essential elements of an effective adolescent treatment program.
Abstract: Although the treatment environment need not be luxurious, it should be well-ordered, inviting, and, if possible, home-like. Local programs that serve local youth and families are preferable to regional programs, which typically obstruct family participation because of travel distances. The treatment staff should include both individuals who are successfully recovering alcoholics and addicts as well as psychologically trained staff with particular expertise in child and adolescent development. Any effective program must have a strong case-management component, so that the activities of agencies, parents, and staff are coordinated and integrated with community resources. Generally, adolescents require intensive intervention, supervision, and treatment for at least 12 months, with ongoing support and supervision for an additional year to establish recovery. All effective programs for children and youth, whether they are out-patient or in-patient, must include highly structured phases that are linked to clearly articulated tasks, privileges, and consequences. Effective programs must also provide individualized treatment planning based on comprehensive assessment; address issues of economic status, race, culture, gender, and sexual orientation; and provide comprehensive medical services that include HIV prevention and treatment of chronic and acute diseases.
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug treatment
Index Term(s): Court referrals; Juvenile courts; Juvenile drug abusers
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