Preventing youth substance use through access to early intervention

Youth and young adults are especially vulnerable to developing substance use disorders, which carry the potential for life altering consequences. The likelihood of developing a substance use disorder is greatest for those who begin alcohol or other drug use in their early teens. Prevention and early intervention can help limit experimentation and reduce risky behavior before serious social and health problems develop. Our partners advance innovative screening and early intervention approaches to prevent and reduce youth substance use and promote health and well-being.

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Teens Linked to Care: Youth-Friendly Health Education to Tackle Risky Substance Use in Teens

Teens Linked to Care: Addressing Risky Substance Use in Youth


Center for Health Care Strategies

to partner with Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) to support Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) adoption by health plans that serve low-income and vulnerable youth.

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External Resources

We recommend visiting the following partners and external resources that are important to our work:

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    Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

    Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers personalized family support for parents navigating their child’s addiction treatment and recovery.

  • Project

    Facing Addiction's Addiction Resource Hub

    Facing Addiction's comprehensive resource hub helps individuals find independent local support.


    Substance Use Digital Magazine, Center for Sustainable Journalism

    The Center for Sustainable Journalism developed a digital magazine with a set of resources about prevention and early intervention of adolescent substance use.

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    Center for Social Innovation

    The Center for Social Innovation partnered with Young People in Recovery to develop Project Amp, a brief mentorship intervention delivered within an SBIRT framework. Project Amp seeks to identify youth at low to moderate risk of substance use, enhance protective factors, and reduce risk for future use.

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    The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery

    The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery provides colleges and universities the tools and resources to launch alcohol and drug misuse prevention and recovery programs on their campuses.

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    The Addiction Medicine Foundation

    Ensuring physicians are trained so patients and families have access to treatment for addictive disorders in all healthcare settings.

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    New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

    The New Hampshire Youth SBIRT Initiative of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is supported in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. This Initiative focuses on the implementation of SBIRT in primary care throughout New Hampshire as an effective prevention, intervention and public health strategy.

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    Community Catalyst

    Community Catalyst works to prevent addiction, expand access to quality treatment and help people return to healthy lives.

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