Adolescent/Youth Treatment

A list of referral resources for the county’s adolescent substance use treatment programs located in community-based clinics and school sites.

Marijuana Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults
Despite the recent passage of Proposition 64 in California, marijuana possession and cultivation remains illegal for minors and young adults under the age of 21. In Alameda County, 80% of youth treated in our county substance use treatment programs report marijuana as their primary drug of choice. Below are some resources and informational materials on marijuana use among adolescents and young adults:

Youth Treatment Guidelines
All county-funded adolescent SUD treatment services must adhere to the State of California’s Youth Treatment Guidelines. These reflect overarching principles of SUD treatment that characterize the most effective approaches and interventions, and the philosophy of care for youth that recognizes their developmental and multiple needs, involves families, and assures youth safety.

NOTE: The State of California’s Youth Advisory Group is in the process of updating the Youth Treatment Guidelines, and would like your input. If you are interested in learning more, or attending a Youth Advisory Group meeting to provide input please visit the following web page for more information: