The Project Name: Youth Advocacy and Treatment Program (YAT)
Partners: Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
Description: The CLARE|MATRIX (C|M) Youth Advocacy and Treatment Program (YAT) will serve 35 youth aged 12-24 within 14-months. The YAT program will expand upon current C|M youth prevention programs such as Clarity for Youth within the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The program objectives for YAT participants age 12-17 will include SUD education; family therapy and education; individual and group SUD therapy; MAT education and referral services; linkages to external community resources/services; 12-step introduction for teens; peer support; sober fun activities; and the opportunity to be a part of a youth advocacy and advisory panel. Program objectives from YAT participants aged 18-24 will include all those listed above, as well as withdrawal management, gender-specific residential treatment, and outpatient treatment services, including medication assisted treatment. Additionally, C|M will build additional community partnerships to expand services to more youth across Los Angeles County communities, with a special focus placed on reaching youth in SPA 5 and 6.
Name: Dara Yomjinda
Position: Senior Director of Clinical Operations