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Newport Academy, which operates a network of programs for teens with mental health disorders, this week announced that it has expanded in the Los Angeles area with the opening of residential treatment centers in the northwest part of the city, along with an outpatient program in Santa Monica.
The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health on Wednesday announced that it is distributing grants to 88 not-for-profit organizations to address the mental health needs of young people of color and LGBTQ+ youth.
Marijuana users between the ages of 12 and 17 were found to be twice as likely to develop a substance use disorder vs. those who initiated use between the ages of 18 and 25, according to data in a study conducted by National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers that was released on Monday.
Overdose deaths among the Latino populations in California and the U.S. as a whole have sharply increased in recent years, “a canary in the coal mine” for groups that have traditionally seen fewer overdose deaths than the national average for the general population, according to the Drug Policy Alliance.
Since launching in September 2019, a partnership between the Hampden County (Massachusetts) Sheriff’s Department and CODAC Behavioral Healthcare has provided medication-assisted treatment to nearly 1,600 individuals, prompting interest in neighboring communities.
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