Youth Substance Use Treatment Services

Texas residents ages 13 to 17 with a diagnosed substance use disorder are eligible for treatment. Severity of the disorder determines the specific type of treatment is needed. Young adults ages 18 to 21 may be admitted to a youth treatment program if screening shows the person's needs, experiences, and behavior are like those of youth clients.

What Are the Benefits of Youth Treatment services?

Treatment helps youth improve:

  • Coping with life's challenges
  • Logical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Recreational choices
  • Interactions with family and others

Who Is Eligible for Youth Treatment Services?

Texas residents who:

  • Are ages 13 to 17.
  • Have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder.
  • Meet eligibility for state financial support based on income, expenses, and other resources. In some cases, a person may be required to pay a portion of the services cost.

What Youth Treatment Services are Available?

Residential Treatment Services

Residential treatment services for substance use disorders are provided in licensed facilities where the youth stay in a dormitory-like environment during the treatment process. Licensed facilities provide treatment services for youth with substance use disorders and help them learn skills for recovery. Treatment includes counseling, case management, education, and recovery skills training.

Intensive Residential

  • Intensive Residential Treatment provides at least 45 hours per week at a licensed treatment center. Youth will attend school while in treatment.

Supportive Residential

  • Supportive residential services are delivered at least 21 hours per week. Youth will attend school while in treatment.

Youth Outpatient Services

Outpatient treatment services for youth are delivered in a community clinic setting. Services are for youth who do not need a highly structured environment and can live at home. Treatment includes counseling, case management, education, and recovery skills training.

How Do I Get Youth Treatment Services?

There are several ways to find Youth Treatment Services. Contact the substance use treatment program directly, your local Outreach, Screening, Assessment, Referral (OSAR) Service, or your Local Mental or Behavioral Health Authority.