- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut is launching an opioid treatment program for youth in the state.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was joined by Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz Wednesday to announce the start of the ASSERT Treatment Model. The program provides a combination of intensive family treatment, medically-assisted treatment and recovery support aid for patients who are under 21 for up to a year.

Officials say the goal of the system is to combine treatments to eliminate barriers for receiving care. The program can serve up to 94 patients along with their families.

Malloy says opioid crisis has impacted young people as well as adults. He says the state can’t afford to “brush addiction under the rug” any longer.

The ATM model is currently only used in Connecticut.

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