Assertive Adolescent Family Treatment Project

Dates: 2010-2013

State: New Hampshire

Client(s): Child & Family Services

Service: Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: Adolescent Health, Substance Use


New Hampshire residents consistently report higher levels of both alcohol and drug abuse or dependence than the rest of the nation, according to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH 2002-2003 and 2005-2006). However, NH currently has the capacity to treat less than 10% of the population in need. There were 8,386 youth age 18-25 in Hillsborough County alone who needed but did not receive treatment for drug or alcohol use in 2007.

The Child and Family Services (CFS) of New Hampshire was awarded a three-year SAMHSA CSAT grant to participate in the Assertive Adolescent Family Treatment Cohort-3 initiative (AAFT-3) to provide transition-aged youth (ages 18-24) of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, with access to community-based substance abuse treatment that is cost-effective, developmentally appropriate, and has a proven track record of effectiveness. Young adults are engaged in the evidence-based intervention known as Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach coupled with Assertive Continuing Care. JSI was contracted to provide evaluation and data management services during this three-year grant. Evaluation services included management of all federally-required data collection and submission, development of process evaluation strategies and systems and outcome data summaries and reports.