Substance Abuse Treatment Services for Children and Adolescents

Texas youth residents ages 13-17 who meet DSM-IV-R criteria for substance abuse or dependence who have been assessed to be of high severity (for intensive residential treatment) or moderate severity (for supportive residential treatment) and lower severity (for outpatient treatment) are eligible for treatment according to DSHS Client Placement Guidelines. Young adults aged 18-21 may be admitted to a youth treatment program when the screening process indicates the individual’s needs, experiences, and behavior are similar to those of youth clients.

Statewide Funded Youth Treatment Providers

 Currently there are 38 funded youth treatment providers statewide:

  • 17 residential
  • 21 outpatient

Ten of the 17 residential providers have a continuum of care into outpatient treatment.

Youth Treatment Service Types

  • Youth Intensive Residential
  • Youth Supportive Residential
  • Youth Specialized Female Intensive Residential
  • Youth Specialized Female Supportive Residential
  • Youth Outpatient Individual
  • Youth Outpatient Group
  • Youth Specialized Female Outpatient Individual
  • Youth Specialized Female Outpatient Group

Purpose and Goal of Youth Residential Treatment

  • To provide Intensive and Supportive Residential-Youth Treatment services to individuals who are substance abusing or dependent.
  • To provide Intensive and supportive residential treatment programs for youth provide 24-hour per day, 7 days per week multidisciplinary professional clinical support to facilitate recovery from addiction.
  • To provide a comprehensive chemical dependency treatment service and offer a structured therapeutic environment through access to the full continuum of treatment.

Purpose and Goal of Youth Outpatient Treatment

  • Provide treatment services to youth clients who do not require a more structured environment such as residential services to treat substance abuse and dependence. 
  • Provide comprehensive chemical dependency treatment, by multidisciplinary professional clinical staff

Treatment Models

DSHS-funded Youth Outpatient Treatment Providers are contracted to use the Cannabis Youth Treatment Series (CYT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Family Support Network (FSN) Treatment Models. 

In addition, contractors may use a curriculum that has been identified as research-based or a curriculum that has been reviewed and approved by DSHS.  The curriculum design, content, communications, and material must be culturally appropriate to the target population.

Services Available Under Cannabis Youth Treatment Model

  • Adolescent Support Services
  • Family Support Services to include in-home or office visits
  • Psychiatrist Consultation
  • Family Counseling: individual session and group sessions with the client and/or family
Last updated February 23, 2011