The Department of Psychiatry’s clinical services include a model clinic for the treatment of adolescent substance abuse or adolescents at high risk of substance abuse. We are concerned about adolescent use of tobacco (including e cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs of abuse). We are located at 245 Fountain Court in Lexington. To schedule an intake assessment call 859-323-6008.

The clinic operates within a treatment program addressing adolescent substance abuse entitled, Adolescent Health and Recovery Treatment and Training Abstract (AHARTT). AHARTT is funded by a $1.5 million grant provided by Attorney General Jack Conway’s office from settlement money received from pharmaceutical companies. AHARTT is in collaboration between UKHealthcare and Cabinet for Health and Family Services. As indicated treatment can include individual or family therapy, and medication management.

Links and Resources

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry 

E-cig pollution Fact Sheet

Adolescent Relapse Coping Questionaire (ARCO)

Recovery Research Institude

Treatment Directory

NIDA for Teens

KIP survey


SBIRT Services

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a fact sheet on Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Services for both the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  SBIRT services are an evidence-based practice designed to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. The SBIRT model calls for community-based screening for health risk behaviors and provides opportunities to identify problem drinking and substance abuse, and to trigger available interventions. The fact sheet provides health care professionals with an overview of Medicare and Medicaid coverage of SBIRT services, including who may perform the services, documentation requirements, billing and coding guidance, payment information, and resources for additional information. For more information about behavioral health services and Medicaid, please see http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Benefits/Mental-Health-Services-.html