Washington, DC (September 2, 2014) —

The National Council for Behavioral Health announced the 29 community behavioral health organizations from across six states selected to participate in the Reducing Adolescent Substance Abuse Initiative. This two-and-a-half year project is designed to help providers systematically implement a screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) protocol to address substance use among adolescents ages 15–22 who receive services for an emotional disturbance or a psychiatric disorder. The project will also address how Medicaid, through its early periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment (EPSDT) benefit, can pay for SBIRT services. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation supports this project.

The selected participants include:

California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies (State Lead)

  • Bill Wilson Center
  • Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services
  • Hillsides
  • Pacific Clinics
  • Turning Point of Central California, Inc.

Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (State Lead)

  • Community Reach Center
  • Jefferson Center for Mental Health
  • Mental Health Center of Denver
  • San Luis Valley  Behavioral Health Group

Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, Inc. (State Lead)

  • Central Kansas Mental Health Center
  • Compass Behavioral Health
  • Elizabeth Layton Center, Inc.
  • Four County Mental Health Center
  • Labette Center for Mental Health Services, Inc.
  • South Central Mental Health Counseling Center
  • The Center for Counseling & Consultation

New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (State Lead)

  • Astor Services for Children and Families
  • Child & Adolescent Treatment Services
  • Hillside Children’s Center
  • ICL
  • Northeast Parent & Child Society
  • Peninsula Counseling Center

Rhode Island Council of Community Mental Health Organizations, Inc. (State Lead)

  • East Bay Center, Inc.
  • Gateway Healthcare, Inc.
  • The Providence Center

Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (State Lead)

  • Alliance Healthcare Services
  • Carey Counseling Center, Inc.
  • Frontier Health
  • Helen Ross McNabb Center

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