Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling (ASAC) Program

Purpose and Goals Clinical Focus Program Evaluation/Outcomes Target Population EBPs
  • The ASAC program provides substance abuse counseling services including outreach, prevention, education, and referral services to adolescents in selected OCONUS middle and high schools.l
  • Prevention
  • Screening
  • Diagnosisd
  • Treatment
  • Total number of prevention classes
  • Total number of students referred
  • Total number of students enrolled
  • Total number of students screened but not enrolled
  • Dependents
  • ASAC counselors arc trained in EBPs such as outcome-informed counseling, solution-focused counseling, brief interventions, and ASAM Patient Placement Criteria

NOTES: The ASAC program is listed as an Air Force program in Appendix C of the Comprehensive Plan, but the committee learned during the course of its research that it is used by other branches as well, and therefore listed it here in the section on DoD programs. ASAC = Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling; ASAM = American Society of Addiction Medicine; EBP = evidence-based practice; OCONUS = outside of contiguous United States.

ASAC was initially listed as a Science Applications International Corporation contract with the Army, but now also includes Air Force (where ASAC is listed under “DoD/Service Branch” programs), Navy, and Marine Corps dependents. The focus is on children of military families in 6th through 12th grades who are considered at risk for substance use and who are authorized to use military treatment facilities. Contracted providers who include licensed and certified counselors deliver early intervention counseling with adolescents and their parents and, if necessary, make referrals to additional services (U.S. Army, 2011). The counselors may include social workers, substance use counselors, family therapists, and psychologists. The program is delivered in DoD-dependent schools, in civilian schools, and within other existing substance abuse programs for the military. Services specified in the contract include treatment, identification and referral, and prevention education (U.S. Army, 2011).



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