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Key Federal Drug Abuse Agency Announces $16 Million to Treat Adolescent Substance Abuse; Two CALIFORNIA Programs to Benefit.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Charles G. Curie today announced 22 awards totaling $16.2 million over three years to increase the effectiveness of alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adolescents.

The programs receiving these grants will adopt or expand their use of a treatment protocol that combines two types of therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. This Motivational Enhancement Therapy/Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a five- session protocol, was previously proved to be effective with substance abusing youth.

"Our youth deserve better than the destruction and despair that comes with drug addiction," Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said. "These grants will support the use of effective strategies to reach young people with drug problems and help them start down a healthier, more productive path for their lives."

The grants are part of HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration program to target areas with unmet need for substance abuse treatment. This program is designed for youth ages 12- 21 who meet medical criteria for substance abuse or dependence. The first year of this program will send $5.4 million to 22 projects that will provide treatment to youths within their communities. These grants will be renewable for two more years, depending on outcomes and availability of funding.

"Over the years, research has developed effective treatment strategies that meet the specific needs and challenges of young people with drug problems," SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie said. "Now, we are focusing our resources on bringing these effective, science-based services to community-based practice."
 The grantees include:
 Prototypes, Culver City, Calif. -- $249,847 in the first year, and
 $250,000 expected in each of the following two years.

 Urban Indian Health Board, Oakland, Calif. -- $249,790 expected in each of
 three years.




SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health service delivery systems.

CONTACT: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Press Office, +1-301-443-8956

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