Project Back on Track
PROJECT BACK ON TRACK
A Collaborative of the City of Roanoke, Family Service of Roanoke Valley and the Carilion Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Project Back on Track is program proven to be effective with adolescents at reducing substance use and crimes related to the use of substances. Through a grant from the state, Family Service of Roanoke Valley will provide a unique set of intensive and comprehensive services, applying a family-centered and wraparound type of approach that defines this program model. Included in the collaborative effort is the Carilion Clinic’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the child psychiatry fellows and residents. The goals of the program are to: (1) avoid youth criminal offenses and (2) prevent further substance use among youth participants with the aim of long term relapse prevention and recovery. This intensive substance use services program involves clients and their families for a minimum of 12 weeks.
City of Roanoke youth ages 12 – 17 can be referred to the program.
Appropriate referrals are youth with a substance use disorder whose wellness is deemed sufficient to benefit from outpatient services. A court-connected juvenile may be referred, if this is a first offense.
HOW TO MAKE REFERRALS?
Client’s family will contact Dr. Cheri Hartman at Carilion Clinic, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division to arrange for the initial psychiatric assessment to take place. Her phone number is: (540) 981-7099 or email her at:
TYPES OF INTERVENTIONS:
- Outpatient counseling: individual, group, family (weekly – at least one form of therapy; ideally at least 8 hours of group therapy are included)
- Wraparound care coordination: team meetings for service planning and case management (usually 3 – 4 hours of wraparound service each week during initial phase; later 1 – 2 hours weekly)
- Psychiatric evaluations are required to determine appropriateness for enrollment; psychiatric follow up sessions typically occur every other week
- Service learning involves doing something kind to help others that is based on youth’s interests and is guided by a service learning mentor: 12 hours of meaningful service during about an 8 week period
- Family Nights with psycho-educational classes for parents, clients (youth) and their siblings once a week for eight weeks in a row in the evenings sharing a light supper