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State Youth Treatment - Implementation (SYT-I) Project

The SYT-I project is designed to enhance treatment and recovery services for youth (ages 12 to 18) who have a substance use disorder (SUD) diagnosis and youth who have a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental health disorder diagnosis (COD).

Project goals

The goals of SYT-I are to:

  • Improve access, quality, coordination, and continuum of care through the use of an evidence-based standardized assessment tool.
  • Implement family centered/informed evidence-based practice.
  • Increase care coordination and recovery support services.
  • Include youth and family/caregiver participation at all levels. 

Workforce training and development

An additional focus of the project will be to enhance workforce training and development for delivering youth SUD and COD services.


This project launched on December 11, 2015 and is expected to end September 29, 2018. It is a continuation of the State Adolescent Treatment-Enhancement and Dissemination project (September 30, 2012 - September 29, 2105) funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


Name: Jared Langton
Email: langtj@dshs.wa.gov