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Science and Service Awards

Treatment of Substance Abuse and Recovery Support Services - 2011 Winner

Magellan Health Services
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Magellan Health Services is the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for central Arizona, which includes Maricopa County and part of Pinal County. Through a system of provider network organizations, Magellan of Arizona serves over 80,000 recipients and their families with a wide range of services from crisis assistance to housing programs to children’s services and substance abuse treatment.

Beginning in May of 2009, based on analysis of community need, Magellan reached out to four substance abuse treatment provider agencies to achieve a goal of increasing access to evidence-based, culturally relevant substance abuse treatment for adolescents with juvenile justice involvement. The four agencies, Community Bridges, Inc. , Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Native American Connections, and Touchstone Behavioral Health, were selected because they had in place evidence-based treatment models shown to be effective in reducing substance abuse and other problem behaviors among youth involved with juvenile justice. The agencies collaborated with Magellan to use these evidence-based practices:  A-CRA (Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach), Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT), Multisystemic Therapy (MST), and Matrix Model, to maximize choice between treatment approaches to match with individualized needs and to reduce substance-use related incarceration and recidivism of adolescents, particularly those youth who represent racial and ethnic minorities.

During a 21-month period ending in March, 2011, substance abuse treatment services were provided to over 600 youth involved in the juvenile justice system, including 120 Latino and Native American youth. Over 70% of the adolescents served completed treatment without returning to a juvenile justice setting. Of those who completed treatment, 64% had decreased or eliminated their use of substances. The program continues to successfully serve Arizona youth.

Last updated: 09/19/2011