On September 14, The Treatment Research Institute (TRI) in Philadelphia announced that they will be opening a new facility in order to better aid parents in addressing substance abuse with their kids. The new center will be called the Parents Translational Research Center and they will be working with the Partnership at DrugFree.org (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America) backed by a five year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The PTRC will conduct studies to help counselors and parents work with kids towards recovery.
"Two million youth ages 12 to 17 meet diagnostic criteria for substance dependence or abuse and yet only 10% of them receive treatment," said TRI, citing recent research. "The new Center reflects belief that a stronger continuum of care for adolescents is needed and that parents or other caretakers often can provide what's missing if properly equipped with science-based tools and services."
Three areas of that the PTRC will focus on are:
- preventing children from using drugs and alcohol
- finding appropriate treatment when it's needed
- working with children who refuse to go to treatment
The director of the Parents Translational Research Center, Kimberly C. Kirby, Ph.D., stated that they will, "direct parents needing immediate help to already available tools and resources informed by the existing state of science."