The Idaho Youth Treatment Program (IYTP) is an evidence-based substance use disorder (SUD) or SUD/co-occurring disorders treatment project based upon the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) for treatment. This program serves adolescents ages 14-17 years, and Transitional Aged Youth (TAY), 18-24 years old. Idaho received a four year grant from SAMHSA in 2013. Under the grant, clinicians and clinical supervisors are trained and certified in the A-CRA model.
What is ACRA?
The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) to alcohol and substance use disorder treatment is a behavioral intervention that seeks to replace environmental contingencies that have supported alcohol or drug use with pro-social activities and behaviors that support recovery. This outpatient program targets youth 12 to 25 years old with cannabis, alcohol, and/or other substance use disorders. A-CRA includes guidelines for three types of sessions: individuals alone, parents/caregivers alone, and individuals and parents/caregivers together. According to the adolescent's needs and self-assessment of happiness in multiple areas of functioning, therapists choose from among 17 A-CRA procedures that address, for example, problem-solving skills to cope with day-to-day stressors, communication skills, and active participation in pro-social activities with the goal of improving life satisfaction and eliminating alcohol and substance use problems. Role-playing/behavioral rehearsal is a critical component of the skills training used in A-CRA, particularly for the acquisition of better communication and relapse prevention skills. Homework between sessions consists of practicing skills learned during sessions and participating in pro-social leisure activities.
Partnership Project with Idaho Schools
The IYTP is offering schools and school districts in Idaho a unique opportunity to have select staff to be trained in the A-CRA Model. Schools can avail themselves of the training and certification in A-CRA through a partnership with IYTP that provides schools with a staggered cost reimbursement to allow for the costs associated with staff entering into the project.
Schools or Districts interested in requesting to participate in the IYTP/Schools partnership can click the button on the right side of this page to access the application.
An evaluation of the application will be undertaken by IYTP and BPA Health staff for participation and the applicants will be notified of eligibility determination.