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Youth Services Guidelines and Standards

Youth Treatment Guidelines

Assembly Bill 1784 authorized ADP to develop standards and procedures to implement the Adolescent Treatment Program (ATP), and in response, ADP established a standards development workgroup. This workgroup was comprised of representatives from various disciplines and county systems, with a wide range of expertise in areas such as youth AOD abuse and treatment; adolescent development; youth mental health issues; child welfare, family reunification, and foster care; juvenile justice and probation; education; and, research and evaluation. The first meeting of the standards workgroup was held in March 2000 and the Youth Treatment Guidelines were completed in September 2000. The Guidelines were last revised in August 2002.