Clean&Cool in Orange, N.J., Helps Teenagers with Life Skills, Substance Abuse

Reducing the harm to adolescents by the abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs

In 2003, Family Connections, a social services agency in Orange, N.J., launched Clean&Cool, a research-based outpatient substance abuse treatment and life skills training program for teenagers involved with alcohol, drugs and other high-risk behaviors. It subcontracted with BuenaOnda Pictures to produce a documentary about the program.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Jersey Health Initiatives national program.

Key Results:

  • The Clean&Cool program served 212 high-risk teenagers over a three-year period; 62 percent of the participants were drug/alcohol free upon program completion.
  • The project produced a film documentary and a companion workshop presenting the lessons of the Clean&Cool program to other organizations.

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