RtoR Family-Endorsed Provider Profile
Boston Children’s Hospital
Adolescent Substance Use Program (ASAP)
The Adolescent Substance Use Program (ASAP) at Boston Children’s Hospital provides the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of substance use problems and disorders in children and adolescents. ASAP is part of the Division of Developmental Medicine, and is staffed by developmental-behavioral trained pediatricians, licensed independent social workers and psychiatrists. ASAP clinicians are able to evaluate and support adolescents with a full range of substance use problems and disorders, from teens who have just begun using substances to those struggling with addiction, and their families. They employ a multidisciplinary team-based approach focusing on a combination of clinical services, research, training, and policy work, to reduce and prevent substance use disorders and related behaviors in children, adolescents, and emerging adults (until 24 years of age). Boston Children’s Hospital ranked #1 in US News & World Report’s 2017-2018 list of Best Children’s Hospitals in the nation.
Family Member Quotes
“My son was sent to the Adolescent Substance Use Program, shortly treated by their staff psychiatrist and quickly diagnosed with bipolar disorder.”
Information and Referrals
- Comprehensive evaluation
- Individual counseling
- Group therapy
- Medication supported recovery for opioid and alcohol dependence
- Drug testing
- Psychopharmacology for dually diagnosed adolescents
- Parent guidance
- Case management
- Medical consult and follow up for families who would like a substance use expert to join an existing mental health support team
- Mental health support team
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Motivational interviewing
- Medication assisted treatment
- Young and emerging adults
- Alcohol and drugs
- Co-occurring disorders
Accreditations & Qualifications
Joint Commission Accredited
In operation since: 2007
Harvard Medical School
Awards and Recognitions
US News & World Report #1-rankind Children’s Hospital in the US, 2017-2018
LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader
Becker’s Hospital Review 100 Great Hospitals in America 2017
National Research Corporation “Path to Excellence” Award
Boston Children’s Hospital in the Media
Boston Children’s Hospital is ranked nationally in 10 pediatric specialties for 2017-2018 by U.S. News & World Report
Keeping up with marijuana use and its outcomes in kids Vector Blog, January 22, 2016.
Beyond the Classroom: 16 + alcohol = the new norm? Miami Herald, December 29, 2016.
Judiciary committee hears from marijuana activists and critics on legalization bill The View, November 28, 2014.
Dad speaks out after ‘Skittles party’ leads to son’s death Yahoo Parenting, November 25, 2015.
All insurances accepted by Boston Children’s Hospital. A complete list can be found here.