For far too long, substance use and mental health disorders have been segregated form the rest of healthcare, at a policy and programmatic level. This segregation has resulted in consistently underfunded programs and a national approach that has been plagued by stigma. But the good news is that now, like no other time in our history, we have the chance to change the way in which substance use disorders are perceived and managed. The public demand for change is growing, and you can be a part of that movement.
We have complied the tools and resources for individuals and communities to become empowered and truly advocate on behalf of a loved one dealing with a substance use disorder, and get involved in community organization that are working to do the same.
By working together, we can stand behind initiatives that are important, push to move legislation forward, and tell our stories. We hope that you will make advocacy a priority. Together, we can create the change that is needed, and that will lead to important and sustained changes in the way care is delivered to adolescents and young adults who are at risk for, who have abused, and who are recovering from substance use.
Find resources in this section to learn more about current legislation and its impact on the integration of substance use and mental health disorders into the rest of healthcare. Here, we also connect you directly with the organizations that are leading the way to change. Get involved in local advocacy efforts and make your voice heard. View Resources
Shaping the future for this vulnerable population is in our hands and our kids are counting on us. As a community, we can increase awareness, reduce the stigma and improve the quality and transparency within adolescent substance use prevention, treatment and recovery. Find resources in this section that can be used directly by schools and community organizations to help spread the word about the available resources on this site and provide a message of hope that, together, we can address adolescent substance use. View Resources