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Governor Malloy Announces New Opioid Treatment Program for Youth

Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy

On Wednesday, June 27th, 2018, Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Katz announced the first nationwide youth opioid treatment model, ASSERT Treatment Model (ATM) that provides support services and programs for youths and their families impacted by the opioid crisis. 

Governor Malloy noted that “It [opioid addiction] is tragic, but this crisis is hitting young people just as it is adults, and it is critical that we provide treatment as soon as it is discovered…An innovative program like this one that targets youth will have an impact.”

The ATM integrates multiple evidence-based programs, intensive family treatment, medication-assisted treatment, and recovery support services, into one program to better serve those who have misused opioid and are seeking recovery. This program can help several participants at one point in time, up to 98 youth and families. 

According to Commissioner Katz “this new treatment program will stem the rise in opioid addiction among youths by blocking the pipeline from misuse to addiction, and prevent opioid overdose deaths. The ATM program is a critical piece of DCF’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis, which also includes using private funding to provide in-home intensive substance use treatment services to parents at risk for having their child enter foster care.”

The following four providers that are providing this intervention: Wheeler Clinic, Community Health Resources, Connecticut Junior Republic, and United Community and Family Services

Click here to read the press release.  



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