Pennsylvania to Expand Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by the Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP), the Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium (NBHCC), and Community Care Behavioral Health (Community Care) to expand adolescent substance use disorder (SUD) services in Pennsylvania.

“The availability of adolescent substance use disorder treatment services is more critical than ever as we continue to address the increased behavioral health needs of our youth,” said DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “By increasing the availability of services for adolescents throughout the commonwealth, we will better set them up for success and support following treatment.”

DDAP identified a need for adolescent SUD services in the North Central and Northeast regions of Pennsylvania. Many adolescents with SUD receive treatment at considerable distances from their homes, limiting opportunities for family engagement and making it more challenging to strengthen their recovery environment upon completion of treatment. During the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has further limited the service availability for adolescents in need of SUD treatment and services across parts of the state.

Through this competitive RFP process, BHARP, NBHCC, and Community Care, in partnership with DDAP, seek to identify one licensed SUD treatment provider to develop the following two levels of care within the Northeast and North Central regions:

  • 3.5 Clinically Managed Medium Intensity Residential Services for male and female adolescents; and
  • 3.7 Medically Monitored Inpatient Withdrawal Management services for male and female adolescents.