(From the July 2014 Issue of MedStat)
The Section of Adolescent Medicine provides many programs for teens and young adults between the ages of 11 and 21 who require specialized care. Programs include the Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction (MATA) program. MATA treats patients who are addicted/abuse heroin or prescription drugs. It is the only program in Ohio that administers Buprenorphine to adolescents on an outpatient basis. MATA also coordinates a home overdose prevention effort (Project HOPE) which distributes Naloxone, a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. The Young Women’s Contraceptive Services program offers a full spectrum of family planning services including contraception counseling and access to a wide range of contraceptives. Care is provided to patients in a teen-friendly environment and for convenience, evening and weekend appointments are available. The Teen and Pregnant (TaP) program was created with the Ohio Better Birth Outcomes to specifically cater to the various needs of pregnant teens. Finally, the Eating Disorders program is composed of experts from both Adolescent Medicine and Behavioral Health and recently expanded to include an intensive outpatient program and partial hospitalization program in addition to their outpatient program.
To make a referral: For a list of outpatient service locations and information on how to make a referral to any of these programs, visit NationwideChildrens.org/Adolescent-Medicine.