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CHR Offering New Substance Use Program for Teens and Young Adults, Ages 12 to 24

At a time when many young adults are still reeling from pandemic-related stress, Community Health Resources (CHR), a nonprofit behavioral health agency, is introducing a new program to provide personalized approaches for teens and young adults, ages 12 to 24, who are struggling with substance use problems.

Funded by a grant from the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) to CHR, the Substance Screening, Treatment and Recovery for Youth (SSTRY) program will replace the former Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA) program. Although SSTRY incorporates many of the same principles, it extends the age-limit to 24, expands the footprint into New Britain, and adds peer support staff to the existing team.

“We were thrilled to be chosen by DCF to continue and expand our work to help teens and young adults who are facing challenges with substance use,” said Heather Gates, CHR’s President and CEO. “The SSTRY model builds upon the success of ACRA. It continues to provide teens and young adults with a highly personalized approach to substance use treatment that focuses on each individual’s unique strengths, talents, and interests and provides enhanced recovery support systems,” she said.

SSTRY is an 8-month initiative that incorporates outpatient counseling as well as personalized, community-based work on practical skills to help teens and young adults create and maintain a healthy lifestyle and connect with recovery supports.

To learn more, please contact CHR at 877-884-3571.

About CHR: Now offering services through the convenience of telehealth as well as in-person care, CHR is Connecticut’s most comprehensive, nonprofit behavioral healthcare agency. In addition, CHR was the first nonprofit agency in CT to meet all of the rigorous federal criteria as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic and has repeatedly been named among the Top Workplaces in the state. Learn more at

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