The Availability of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Services for Adolescents in New York State Community Health Centers

Sean J. Haley, Susan Moscou, Sharifa Murray, Traci Rieckmann, Kameron Wells

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Adolescent experimentation with alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs is commonplace, and limited access to screening and treatment services poses a significant public health risk. This study identified alcohol, tobacco, and other drug services available for adolescents at community health center sites in New York. A survey was distributed to medical and behavioral health directors across 54 community health center organizations serving 255 primary care adolescent sites. One third of sites required adolescent screening for substance use disorders (SUDs). Twenty-eight percent of sites said all/nearly all (80%-100%) and 12% said most (60%-79%) adolescents actually were screened. On-site tobacco cessation treatment and substance abuse counseling were offered at 53% and 14% of sites, respectively. Multilevel models suggested that community health center organizations positively influenced sites’ adolescent SUD screening and tobacco treatment. Additional investment in adolescent behavioral health screening and treatment is needed to reduce alcohol, illicit drug, or tobacco use among the underserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-89
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Drug Issues
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018



  • adolescents
  • alcohol
  • community health centers
  • New York State
  • substance abuse
  • tobacco or other drugs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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