By Benjamin Chambers, December 24 2008
Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy (PLNDP) has partnered with the National Judicial College to create Alcohol and Other Drug Problems: a Public Health and Public Safety Priority, A Resource Guide for the Justice System on Evidence-Based Approaches. (Order free copies for yourself and your team; download the PDF; or access it on the web.)
This handsomely-done guide gives a clear, readable introduction to the impact of alcohol and drug use, then turns to screening and assessment; creating a continuum of care; co-occurring disorders; adolescence and substance abuse; and the importance of developing an integrated approach, in which all the systems involved with juvenile justice work together. (Yes, Reclaiming Futures is listed as an important resource -- in fact, the Reclaiming Futures' Model for Judicial Leadership is quoted from at length.)
Chock full of useful facts, graphs, the CRAFFT screening test, and lists (e.g., "Five Things to Remember about Treatment for Adolescents," "Five Things to Know about Adolescents' Brain Development and Drug Use"), this is one guide you'll want to have at your fingertips.
And if you like this guide, you might also find the PLNDP's 2002 publication, Adolescent Substance Abuse: A Public Health Priority of interest as well.
- For Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Providers: 5 T.A. "Packages" from CSAT
- Handy Reference List for Evidence-Based Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Models
- Improving Adolescent Treatment - Tools & Resources from NIATx
- Juvenile Drug Courts: Evidence-Based Practices
Updated: February 08 2018