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(p. 219) The Potential for Delivering Substance Use Disorder Treatments to Emerging Adults in Child Welfare Settings 

(p. 219) The Potential for Delivering Substance Use Disorder Treatments to Emerging Adults in Child Welfare Settings
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(p. 219) The Potential for Delivering Substance Use Disorder Treatments to Emerging Adults in Child Welfare Settings
Author(s):

Judy Havlicek

and Jordan Braciszewski

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190490782.003.0010
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date: 22 January 2018

Foster youth exiting child welfare systems through emancipation or aging out are at elevated risk for substance use disorders. Many may experience challenges to accessing substance use disorder treatment after foster care. This chapter explores the potential for delivering substance use disorder treatments to emerging adults in the context of federal policy, which has expanded over the past three decades to better support the transition that foster youth make to adulthood. First, background information on aging-out foster youth is provided, and what is known about alcohol and substance use disorders and associated treatment is reviewed. The chapter also discusses potential barriers to treatment engagement and offers considerations for developing programs that address population-specific needs. This review of substance use and aging-out foster youth comes at a time when the transition to adulthood is increasingly considered an important developmental period to target interventions aimed at promoting positive health behaviors.

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