Project Name: Kern County Youth Treatment Access Expansion
Project Description: Through strengthened partnership Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (KernBHRS) will develop outreach strategies specific to youth that are in need of substance use disorder treatment services. Increased outreach will promote enrollment in SUD treatment programs for youth (12-17) and young adults (18-24), prepare treatment providers to better serve adolescents and young adults that have an opioid use disorder, and increase access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). These goals will be reached by engaging youth serving community partners to formulate strategies for providing addiction and recovery education, overdose prevention approaches, and resources for accessing SUD treatment locally. Additionally, work will be done throughout the community to provide support in stigma reduction and ease stigma related barriers to youth and young adult access of MAT services.
Name: Liz Bailey
Position: Behavioral Health Recovery Systems Administrator