Salt Lake County’s Youth Services Substance Abuse Program (YSSAP) has been serving Greater Salt Lake City youth for almost 40 years. What started as a small home sheltering adolescents is now an array of social services for youth, up to 18 years-old, including outpatient treatment for substance abuse. Its mission is to provide three core necessities for youth and families in crisis: shelter, support and safety.
Treatment and Staff
YSSAP’s outpatient treatment program helps adolescents and their families who are suffering from substance abuse and behavioral problems. The program begins with an evaluation, which determines the necessary level of care—outpatient, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), Enhanced IOP or Day Treatment.
Treatment lengths vary but in general the standard outpatient is one to six hours of treatment and the IOP and Enhanced IOP are anywhere from six to 19 hours. The Day Treatment program accommodates a maximum of eight clients, ages 14 to 17 years old, and consists of 20 hours of programming.
Each plan is individualized and may include group and individual therapy, life skills classes, recreational group therapy, family therapy and extensive case management. If detox or Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is needed, clients are referred to an outside facility. Twelve-step recovery principles and dual diagnosis support are integrated into treatment.
YSSAP has 20 licensed therapists on hand; including LCSWs, LMHCs and psychologists. With a healthy balance of male and female, English and Spanish-speaking staff, YSSAP is able to serve a diverse population, most of whom which are referred by the courts, schools or other agencies.
Due to a large number of grants and Medicaid, YSSAP is accessible to almost everyone. Sliding scale payments are available to those who don’t qualify for Medicaid or have their own private insurance.
All other YSSAP services are free, including access to a team of family resource facilitators that help support and educate parents and/or primary caregivers. The Youth Services School Based Programs finds a healthy adult role model for each client and its Prevention Group classes offer anger management, job training and family-strengthening therapy—including home visits. The Juvenile Receiving Center offers free crisis counseling, referrals and short-term placement in their Milestone Transitional Living Program; helping kids avoid the cycle of homelessness through stable employment, connections to ongoing resources and safe housing.
Salt Lake County’s Youth Substance Abuse Services does everything it can to help get kids off the streets, protect them from dangerous situations and increase their chances of living successful and sober lives. It offers affordable and comprehensive outpatient treatment and a number of social services at little to no cost. In doing so, Salt Lake County’s Youth Substance Abuse Services strives to break the cycles of substance abuse, homelessness and poverty so that youth can meet their fullest potential.
Salt Lake County’s Youth Services Substance Abuse Program
177 W Price Ave
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Salt Lake County’s Youth Services Substance Abuse Program Costs: Dependent on Medicaid and sliding scale rates. Reach Salt Lake County’s Youth Services Substance Abuse Program by phone at (385) 468-4500. Find Salt Lake County’s Youth Services Substance Abuse Program on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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