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ROAR stands for Residential Options for Adolescents in Recovery. It is a pilot residential substance use treatment program for at-risk male and female youth ages 13 through 17 with current misuse or history of opioid or stimulant use. The program is located at the former Lewisville Juvenile Treatment Center in southwest Arkansas. Rite of Passage (ROP), which operates juvenile justice treatment centers in Arkansas for the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Youth Services (DYS), is managing the program. ROAR combines traditional elements of Rite of Passage culture with evidence-based practices for comprehensive adolescent substance use treatment. The program is meant to divert drug-involved teens from legal involvement and/or from developing more serious problems that may limit opportunities to reach their full potential.
This program is supported by a grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Aging, Adult, & Behavioral Health Services (DHS/DAABHS), as part of the SOR-2 Grant 1H79TI083287, in collaboration with the Arkansas DHS Division of Youth Services.