Ten Teen Court Program grants totaling up to $6 million over the next three years will provide substance abuse treatment services and related recovery support services to youth with substance abuse and/or co-occurring treatment needs involved in a teen court program. The funding is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The services are designed to support partnerships between teen court programs and community-based treatment and recovery services. It is part of SAMHSA’s efforts to divert youth with substance abuse treatment needs from further criminal behavior.
“While SAMHSA works to prevent the onset of drug abuse in teens and young adults, we also work to make sure that teens who do have a substance use disorder get treatment when they need it, rather than a stint in the juvenile justice system,” said SAMHSA Administrator, Hyde. “Teen courts not only improve the teen’s chances of recovery from substance abuse, but they also help reduce the burden on the criminal justice system.”