Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
The mission of the Youth Regional Treatment Centers (YRTCs) is to provide quality holistic behavioral health care for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) adolescents and their families in a substance-free residential environment that integrates traditional healing, spiritual values, and cultural identification.
What Makes the YRTCs Unique?
- Emphasis on AI/AN culture is a central component:
- Affirming cultural norms of sobriety, responsibility to the tribe, village, band and/or clan
- Culturally appropriate care (i.e., AI/AN practice-based and evidenced-based practices)
- Design and location of the centers
- Program components such as family involvement, alcohol/substance abuse education, food services, and recreation
- Cultural practices involving healing
- YRTC treatment services are available to eligible AI/AN youth and families at no cost
- AI/AN youth have the opportunity to receive treatment in their region
- The primary focus of the YRTCs are to provide treatment to adolescents who abuse alcohol and/or drugs;
- The treatment goals include eliminating physical and psychological dependence on alcohol and/or drugs;
- Treatment of physical and other illnesses identified during treatment;
- The development of independent living skills;
- Provision of schooling appropriate to the adolescent's level of academic achievement and needs; and
- Helping the adolescent to develop and implement an aftercare plan to maintain sobriety after discharge.