IHS Youth Regional Treatment Centers (YRTC)



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Indian Health Service (IHS)


Operates 13 tribally and federally operated residential treatment facilities located across the U.S. to address substance use disorder (SUD) and/or co-occurring mental health disorders (COD) among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth and their families at no cost. Provides a range of education and culture-based prevention initiatives, evidence-based and practice-based models of treatment, family strengthening and recreational activities designed to help AI/AN youth overcome challenges related to mental health and substance use. Promotes holistic, culturally responsive care that integrates clinical services with traditional healing, spiritual values, and cultural identification in a substance-free residential environment to support AI/AN youth in achieving their treatment goals and leading healthy, resilient lives.

What This Program Offers

YRTCs can provide:

  • Clinical evaluation
  • Substance use education
  • Individual, group, and family psychotherapy
  • Art therapy
  • Adventure-based counseling
  • Development of independent living/life skills
  • Schooling appropriate to individuals' academic level and needs
  • Medication management or monitoring
  • Evidence-based and practice-based treatment
  • Healthcare for physical and other illnesses identified during treatment
  • Aftercare relapse prevention
  • Post-treatment follow-up services

Who Can Receive Services from This Program

American Indian and Alaska Native youth diagnosed with alcohol use disorder, SUD, and/or COD and their families are eligible for services. Services are provided at no cost.

Contact the YRTC in your area for more information regarding availability, requirements, and the admissions process.

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Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Health and Wellness • Healthcare Facilities • Mental Health • Prevention • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Youth