Phoenix Houses of California and TEEN LINE Partner to Combat Adolescent Substance Abuse

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles is located in a park-like settingPhoenix Houses of California and TEEN LINE recently initiated a new collaboration to provide substance abuse education and resources to Los Angeles area schools. Phoenix Houses of California is a leading nonprofit provider of substance abuse treatment and prevention services. Among the organization’s programs is the Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles, whichoffers residential and outpatient care, including educational workshops, to adolescents struggling with or at risk for addiction. TEEN LINE is a confidential telephone hotline for teenaged callers nationwide. Its Community Outreach Program reaches over 30,000 each year, opening dialogues and educating the community about issues pertinent to adolescence, including substance abuse.

As part of the new partnership, TEEN LINE will now refer requests for presentations and prevention programs to the Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles. The Academy will then provide on-site prevention workshops and treatment referral services to requesting schoolsand community organizations. Working together, the two organizations will further educate students and provide services such as screenings and drug tests.

“Phoenix Houses of California and TEEN LINE share a goal of helping vulnerable teens overcome obstacles and safeguard their futures,” said Pouria Abbassi, Senior Vice President and Regional Director, Phoenix Houses of California. “We could not be more pleased about this collaboration, which will enable us to reach more young people in need.”

TEEN LINE’s Executive Director, Elaine Leader, Ph.D., said, “It is wonderful to have an amazing organization like Phoenix House support our outreach efforts with their expertise on substance abuse. Several schools contact us each year wanting a service like this. It’s amazing to be able to now offer it.”

About TEEN LINE:

Logo for Teen Line, Phoenix House partnerFounded in 1980 as a non-profit organization, TEEN LINE is an affiliated program of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. TEEN LINE offers any teenager who has access to a telephone the opportunity to talk about his/her problem, without risk of public exposure and embarrassment. TEEN LINE is open every evening from 6 to10 pm and is toll-free throughout California at 1-800-TLC-TEEN, and accessible nationwide 310-855-HOPE.

About Phoenix House Academies:

If you need an immediate referral to a residential or outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment program, call Phoenix House Call Center at 1 888 671 9392.  Phoenix House Academy of Los Angelesserves youth from the entire Los Angeles County in its residential program and offers outpatient services to local youth from northeast San Fernando Valley and environs. Phoenix House Academy of Orange County located in Santa Ana offers residential treatment. Teen Recovery Center in Carlsbad offers day treatment and outpatient services, and Phoenix House Academy of San Diego in Descanso offers residential and day treatment options.

In 2008, Phoenix House Academies received the designation of “evidence-based practice” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) and the model was placed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. The Academies is licensed by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. It is fully accredited by the California Alliance of Child and Family Services and by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

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