The Alliance for Adolescent Recovery and Treatment in Texas (AART-TX) project team is developing a 3-year strategic plan to improve treatment access, services, and outcomes for Texas youth between the ages of 12 and 18 who have been diagnosed with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring mental health disorders. Funded by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and in partnership with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Child and Youth Behavioral Health Subcommittee (CYBHS), AART-TX has several goals:
- Identify funding sources and workforce expertise regarding adolescent substance abuse treatment and recovery services
- Develop a three-year state-wide workforce training implementation plan grounded in evidence-based practices
- Expand programs promoting family and youth involvement in treatment and recovery
- Create strategic communication plans encouraging service efficiency
- Provide methods to increase access and quality of treatment services for adolescents.
By building on existing infrastructure and involving youth, family, state agency and provider stakeholders, AART-TX aims to promote adolescent wellness and recovery, as well as greater collaboration between service providers and youth/families in treatment and recovery to promote a fully integrated system of care.