Pathways to substance abuse treatment for adolescents in an HMO

The Foundation's Substance Abuse Policy Research Program was designed to provide support for investigators to conduct policy research on a variety of subjects directed at helping the country reduce the harm caused by substance abuseThe purpose of this project is to examine access to and utilization of substance abuse services in a health maintenance organization by adolescents. The investigators will map out the system pathways that lead to substance abuse treatment, describe the demographic and epidemiological characteristics of those entering treatment, and examine characteristics associated with treatment retention. The principal objective is to inform health care policy for adolescents in managed care settings by: (1) identifying successful system pathways and potential barriers to treatment access; (2) describing pretreatment patterns of health service utilization which may facilitate identification; and (3) characterizing who enters and remains in treatment, thus identifying those at risk for early dropout. Policy interventions that optimize treatment access and retention will be identified.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $348,854.00

Awarded on: 11/3/1999

Time frame: 11/1/1999 - 4/30/2003

Grant Number: 37863


University of California, San Francisco

513 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, 94143-2205


Constance M. Weisner
Project Director