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ERIC Number: ED511839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 52
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 98
Youth Substance Use Interventions: Where Do They Fit into a School's Mission? A Center Report
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA
This report addresses the question: "Where do interventions for concerns about substance use fit into the work of schools?" By way of background, we begin by differentiating between use and abuse and briefly summarizing some major issues and data relevant to substance use and treatment of abuse and dependency. And, to highlight the importance of adopting a broad perspective in understanding the causes of substance problems seen at schools, we outline a reciprocal determinist paradigm. Then, given increasing calls for interventions that go beyond basic direct treatment for substance abuse and dependency, a sample of such intervention needs is highlighted. These were chosen because they are likely candidates for school involvement. We follow this with a discussion of the negatives that arise when schools are asked to add interventions in an ad hoc, piecemeal manner and when the interventions are mainly framed in the context of a system of care model. Recognizing that multifaceted nature of youth problems, we outline the need to fit substance use concerns into efforts to move schools forward in establishing a comprehensive, cohesive approach that can more effectively address the range of student problems with which schools are faced. We conclude with a discussion of some key implications for school policy and implementation of innovative practices, including those that are evidence-based. Appended are: (1) Enhancing the Blueprint for School Improvement in the ESEA ["Elementary and Secondary Education Act"] Reauthorization: Moving from a Two to a Three-Component Approach; (2) Frameworks for "Reworking Infrastructure" at School, Feeder Patterns, District Levels, and for School-Community Collaboratives; and (3) Background on Initiatives for Connecting School-Community-Home Resources. (Contains 4 exhibits.)
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. Department of Psychology, Franz Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Authoring Institution: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Mental Health in Schools
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act