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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

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Youth Regional Treatment Centers (YRTC)

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The Indian Health Service currently provides recurring funding to 10 tribally and federally operated Youth Regional Treatment Centers (YRTCs) to address the ongoing issues of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders among American Indian and Alaska Native youth. Through education and culture-based prevention initiatives, evidence- and practice-based models of treatment, family strengthening, and recreational activities, youth can overcome their challenges and recover their lives to become healthy, strong, and resilient leaders in their communities.

The YRTCs provide a range of clinical services rooted in a culturally relevant, holistic model of care. These services include: clinical evaluation, substance abuse education, group, individual and family psychotherapy, art therapy, adventure-based counseling, life skills, medication management or monitoring, evidence-based/practice-based treatment, aftercare relapse prevention, and post-treatment follow-up services.