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Engaging the Young Adult: Extending the Continuum to Support Outcomes

Siobhan Morse

Length of engagement has long been considered a strong predictor as well as contributor to recovery outcomes with longer periods of engagement associated with greater likelihood of positive outcomes.  Keeping patients engaged in the therapeutic milieu over longer periods of time presents a number of different types of challenges to the treatment provider, including communication, patient willingness, and third-party payer issues.  While extended length of engagement can be especially beneficial to young adults, this population can be particularly reticent to commit. This presentation will discuss factors and strategies associated with extending the length of engagement in young adults as well as review outcomes associated with the young adult population.