Treatment overlap for troubled youths
ONE in three young people in youth justice supervision are also getting treatment for alcohol and other drugs, new research shows.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Overlap between youth justice supervision and alcohol and other drug treatment services report, released yesterday, shows youth in supervision are 30 times as likely to receive treatment as young Aussies generally.
AIHW spokeswoman Anna Ritson said the report highlighted the overlap between the supervision and service demand.
“Through bringing together data on both services, we have been able to determine that there were just over 2500 dual service clients – that is, young people that accessed both youth justice supervision and drug and alcohol services within the study period,” she said.
Nearly one in four (23 per cent) of young people under justice supervision received treatment for cannabis as their principal drug of concern.