CHA News Article

Report Examines State’s Substance Use Disorder Treatment Options for Youth

A new report from the California Health Care Foundation analyzes the impact of substance use disorders (SUD) on health care costs and patient health outcomes. Despite improvements in the health care system as a whole, negative outcomes associated with SUD continue. Although 2.2 million Americans age 12 to 17 were classified as current illicit drug users in 2015 data, finding age-appropriate public SUD treatment options for youth can be a challenge. Access to services is often limited by a lack of available providers who are equipped to effectively serve youth, particularly residential treatment providers and providers in rural areas of the state. The report addresses Medi-Cal coverage of SUD treatment, consent and the state-only Medi-Cal Minor Consent Program, financing of public SUD services and promising treatment practices for youth.