College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

The Adolescent Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) program: A mental health-law enforcement collaboration

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2005

Publication Title

Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse

ISSN

1067-828X

Volume

15

Abstract

The present study provides preliminary data concerning the efficacy of the Adolescent Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) Program, a collaborative effort involving mental health and law enforcement. ADAPT is a multi-component, cognitive-behavioral outpatient intervention serving children and youths referred directly from local police agencies. It was expected that adolescents who participated in the program would demonstrate reduced rates of substance use or abuse, recidivism, and truancy. It was also anticipated that academic performance would improve. Three-hundred-and-three adolescents successfully completed the ADAPT Program. Results indicated improvements in all of the above-mentioned areas. Clinical implications of the findings are discussed; suggestions for directions future research might take are offered.

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