Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp 453–461 | Cite as

Integrating Substance Use Treatment Into Adolescent Health Care

  • Stacy Sterling
  • Tina Valkanoff
  • Agatha Hinman
  • Constance Weisner
Substance Use and Related Disorders (JR McKay, Section Editor)


Substance use (SU) problems are common among adolescents, a serious health risk for them and a major public health problem, but are inadequately addressed in most pediatric health care settings. Primary care offers an excellent context for SU assessment and treatment for adolescents and their families, offering better access and a less stigmatized environment for receiving treatment than specialty programs. This paper examines the literature on the integration of substance use treatment with adolescent health care, focusing on 2 areas: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in Emergency Departments and Primary Care, and School- and College-Based Health Centers.


Substance use Adolescent Pediatric Psychiatric disorders Behavioral health Comorbidity Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment SBIRT Alcohol Drug Emergency departments Primary care School-based health centers SBHC Health care Integration Assessment Treatment 


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stacy Sterling
    • 1
  • Tina Valkanoff
    • 1
  • Agatha Hinman
    • 1
  • Constance Weisner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern CaliforniaOaklandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Langley Porter InstituteUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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