How to Navigate Different Levels of Care

  • Dana SarveyEmail author


The vast majority of youth within the United States diagnosed with substance use disorders are not currently engaged in treatment. This disparity provides an opportunity for mental health practitioners to intervene early and refer adolescents to care. Learning how to conduct a multidimensional assessment is critical for identifying appropriate treatment needs for adolescents. Levels of care are discussed, along with an overview of evidenced-based psychosocial treatments, with an emphasis on reduction of use as the goal for most adolescents. A brief discussion on how to navigate insurance coverage and utilize available professional resources for referral is also included.


Multidimensional assessment Treatment principles Outpatient treatment Intensive outpatient treatment Partial hospitalization Residential treatment Inpatient units Detoxification units Levels of care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryMcLean HospitalBelmontUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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