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Rehabilitating Our Youth: How Court-Ordered Drug Treatment Works at the Dual Diagnosis Clinic

The Dual Diagnosis Clinic at Riley at IU Health is committed to serving all children and teens in the region who struggle with co-occurring mental health and substance use problems, including juvenile offenders.

If an adolescent is a good candidate for our program, we can help them complete their court-ordered drug rehabilitation. But more importantly, we can help them get their life back on the right track.

Below are answers to the most common questions we receive about how our program works with the Indiana juvenile justice system.

FAQs

Question: Which county courts can you work with?

Answer: We are happy to work with courts in any county in the state of Indiana. We have no specific contract with any court systems.

Question: Can you treat adolescents who are in a juvenile detention center or under house arrest?

Answer: If transportation to one of our eight locations can be arranged then, yes, we can treat a teen who is detained or under house arrest. We currently treat patients at the following locations:

  • Riley at IU Health – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Riley at IU Health North (Meridian Crossing, Tower Three) – Carmel, Indiana
  • Decatur County Memorial Hospital (telemedicine) – Greensburg, Indiana
  • IU Health White Memorial Hospital (telemedicine) – Monticello, Indiana
  • Deaconess Riley at IU Health Specialty Center (telemedicine) – Evansville, Indiana
  • The Bowen Center (telemedicine) – Plymouth/Warsaw, Indiana
  • IU Health Arnett Hospital (telemedicine) – Lafayette, Indiana
  • Lugar Center for Rural Health (telemedicine) – Terre Haute, Indiana

Question: What requirements must be met before a patient can be admitted to the program?

Answer: We conduct a thorough mental health and substance abuse evaluation before admitting an adolescent to our program. The team will decide during this initial assessment whether the patient is a good candidate for our dual diagnosis program. There are no other requirements.

Question: Why is this drug treatment program a good fit for juvenile offenders?

Answer: The Dual Diagnosis Clinic at Riley at IU Health is a good fit for any adolescent with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, regardless of their legal status. Our treatment program is evidence-based, and all of our providers have graduate-level training in mental health and addiction therapy. You can learn more about how our program works by visiting the Psychiatry Dual Diagnosis Clinic.

If you are a judge or probation officer, please call 317.948.3481 to speak directly with program coordinator Alisha Baker. She can answer any additional questions you may have about the clinic and help you set up an initial patient assessment.

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