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April 13, 2007

ADVISORY: Legislators To Meet, Discuss Adolescent Health Center April 14

WHAT: Area members of the Iowa Legislature will tour and meet with staff of the Adolescent Health and Resource Center (AHRC), a local health and social services center that focuses on preventing and treating teen substance abuse.

WHO: James Hall, Ph.D., University of Iowa professor of pediatrics and AHRC co-director, Mary Larew, M.D., UI clinical associate professor of pediatrics and AHRC co-director; AHRC staff members; and area mental health, legal and education professionals. State Sen. Robert Dvorsky and state Reps. Ro Foege, David Jacoby, Vicki Lensing and Mary Mascher also are expected to attend.

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14

WHERE: Adolescent Health and Resource Center, 509 Kirkwood Ave. in Iowa City.

State legislators will meet with AHRC staff members to learn more the center and the need for substance abuse counseling and treatment services for area teenagers.

AHRC began in 2003 as part of a UI Department of Pediatrics project funded by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. CSAT funding for the center will expire at the end of September; AHRC plans to discontinue its services on June 1.

AHRC serves teenagers from Johnson and Linn counties and surrounding areas. Adolescents are referred to AHRC for suspicion of substance use or abuse. AHRC provides a comprehensive assessment at no charge to the family. Adolescents are interviewed by trained, certified staff members, and parents complete a collateral questionnaire. After reviewing these data, the family returns for a feedback session where they receive AHRC recommendations for needed services. Many adolescents are referred to drug treatment services provided by AHRC and MECCA (Mid-Eastern Council on Chemical Abuse). In addition to these services, AHRC provides free medical care and psychological evaluations to those who do not have insurance.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,