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Youth Services


Effective with the passage of the 2013-2014 Budget Act and associated legislation, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) no longer exists as of July 1, 2013. All ADP programs and staff, except the Office of Problem Gambling, transferred to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Please visit the DHCS website. Read more...

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Youth Services History

California's alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment system was established to address adult treatment issues and needs. However, there are critical differences between youth and adult AOD-related problems that require additional safety precautions, unique strategies, enhanced services, and distinctive staff expertise.

California has worked intensely to establish an appropriate system of care for substance using youth. Collaborative efforts have included a set of youth treatment guidelines, pilot programs, an annual conference, and training and technical assistance opportunities.

A more detailed description on the history of youth treatment in California is also available.

YS' Strategic Plan

YS' strategic vision is that comprehensive AOD services for substance-using youth and their families will be readily available (regardless of economic status, geographic location, or dependency status) as part of an integrated youth system of care.

YS' mission, in collaboration with its stakeholders, is to:

  • Improve the youth AOD treatment system of care;
  • Research and analyze issues and develop responsive youth treatment policies;
  • Coordinate with youth-related organizations to maximize and integrate services; and
  • Provide technical assistance and prevention resources to solve problems and increase awareness.

Youth Treatment Programs

The YTS currently oversees a statewide network of approximately 390 publicly funded alcohol and drug treatment programs that annually serve approximately 12,000 youth. In addition, there are an uncounted number of private, for-profit programs providing AOD treatment to youth. For more information on youth treatment programs or to locate youth services in your area, click on one of the following links:

Funding Opportunities

The Department is available to provide technical assistance for those interested in applying for these funding opportunities. Please call 916-323-0098

  • SAMSA No. TI-09-002 Family Centered Substance Abuse Treatment Grants for Adolescents and their Families
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is soliciting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2009 Family Centered Substance Abuse Treatment Grants for Adolescents and their Families to provide services to adolescents, ages 12-17, transition age youth, ages 18-24 and their families. SAMHSA expects that approximately $11.4 million in funding will be available to award up to 27 grants for up to 3 years. The average award amount is expected to be up to $300,000 annually.