The Texoma Community Center announced Tuesday it is adding adolescent outpatient substance use treatment programs for residents of Cooke, Fannin and Grayson counties ages 13-17 years old.

The additions, a prepared statement said, are in response to applications from recently implemented funding under House Bill 13. TCC was awarded a grant allowing for this program.

According to TCC Substance Use Director Kristi Gourd this program has been a long time coming.

“While we have long recognized the need to provide adolescent substance use treatment, it wasn’t until the award from House Bill 13 that we have had the financial means to provide services,” Gourd said.

Prior to this addition, adolescents not involved in the juvenile justice system have had to travel to the Dallas Metroplex for outpatient substance use treatment services. TCC expects to begin providing adolescent outpatient substance use treatment services around the first of June 2018. This treatment program will place a heavy emphasis on family involvement to promote the highest possible success rate for adolescents served. Adolescents may be referred to treatment by any number of sources including local schools, the Grayson County Department of Juvenile Services, families or self-referred.

Anyone ages 13-17 who meets diagnostic criteria for treatment will be served regardless of income, insurance or ability to pay.