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Based in Kansas City, Kansas with two other facilities in Garden City and Hutchinson, Associated Youth Services provides an outpatient substance abuse program specifically tailored for adolescents called Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment Program (ADAPT). Serving clients in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, ADAPT offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), standard outpatient services and a host of other programs tailored to adolescents.

Treatment and Staff

The vast majority of clients in the ADAPT program attend as a result of a court-order, though self-referred clients are also welcome. Those in ADAPT’s IOP attend group and individual therapy five days a week in after-school sessions for typically six weeks. After this, treatment is scaled down to three weekly sessions (typically Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays) for an additional eight weeks.

The second and third phases of the IOP program mirror the first, typically lasting 16 weeks with less intensive care after the initial eight weeks. The exact mix of groups versus individual sessions each client attends is up to the ADAPT staff, primarily comprised of LADCs. Typically clients can expect to attend one individual session a week.

ADAPT uses CBT in sessions, with an introduction to the 12-step philosophy as well (though there are no meetings on-site). The ADAPT program also offers a host of dual diagnosis services to address issues related to OCD, ADHD, depression and other mental health conditions. ADAPT’s in-house therapist handles these issues in one-on-one sessions but since there is no medical team on staff, Associated Youth Services partners with nearby Kansas University mental health resources to provide a more comprehensive program of mental health care.

There are no detox services offered at ADAPT, but referrals to an outside facility are available. Furthermore, clients in need of more comprehensive residential services are referred to the Adolescent Center for Treatment, a 21-bed facility in nearby Olathe.


Another feature of the Associated Youth Services which dovetails with the ADAPT program is its Home Ties Youth Residential Center, which provides a home for adolescent boys removed from their own residence by the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority. The young clients in this program continue to attend school or work on obtaining a GED while maintaining employment. An added benefit is that residents in the Home Ties program also have access to ADAPT whenever appropriate.

For clients who have completed ADAPT’s IOP, a continuing care program is available that meets one day a week for eight weeks.

In Summary

With multiple locations in Kansas, Associated Youth Services provides a wealth of programs for adolescents. Its ADAPT program offers a mix of group and individual therapy as well as dual diagnosis program aided by the resources of Kansas University. In all, Associated Youth Services has a range of treatment options and a professional staff able to meet the specific needs of local adolescents, all made affordable through a sliding fee scale.

Associated Youth Services Location

Associated Youth Services
803 Armstrong Ave
Kansas City, KS 66101

Associated Youth Services Cost

Sliding scale, no clients turned away for lack of funds (30 days). Reach Associated Youth Services by phone at (913) 831-2820 or on their website. Find Associated Youth Services on Facebook and YouTube

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