With the Adolescent Endorsement, OASAS seeks to expand access to addiction treatment for adolescents by establishing clinical practice standards and indicators of quality care. Successful applicants/programs will receive the endorsement on their operating certificate, and can begin to market themselves as an OASAS-endorsed adolescent treatment program. Endorsed programs also be identified as such on the OASAS website, including through the OASAS Provider and Program Search.
Who is eligible?
At this time, the Adolescent Endorsement is available to OASAS-certified Part 822 programs. This will soon be expanded to include other certified programs.
Clinical Practice Standards
Clinical Standards for Adolescent Programs
Guidelines intended to establish broad goals and practical benchmarks for delivering high-quality, evidence-based treatment services to adolescents with a substance use disorder.
How to Apply
A complete Adolescent Endorsement application has two components – a self-assessment and an attestation. Part 822 providers applying for the Adolescent Endorsement in more than one PRU must submit a separate self-assessment for each PRU. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Omission of requested materials will result in denial or delay of endorsement.
1. Download and complete the Attestation and Self-Assessment documents below
2. Submit the Attestation, the Self-Assessment - and any substantiating documentation as requested in those documents - to [email protected] with the subject line “Adolescent Endorsement Application," or via U.S. mail to:
NYS OASAS c/o Certification
1450 Western Avenue, 4th floor
Albany, NY 12203
Adolescent Endorsement Attestation
Programs seeking OASAS designation as an adolescent outpatient program must complete this attestation and follow the submission instructions above.
This self-assessment helps determine if a program is ready to become an OASAS-designated adolescent outpatient program.
Providers applying for the Adolescent Endorsement in more than one PRU must submit a separate self-assessment for each PRU.
Adolescent Endorsement Skill Building Role Plays
This training provides an overview of select Adolescent Endorsement Standards with the intent to highlight and strengthen the use of desirable counseling skills when working with adolescents and their families. Adolescent Endorsement Standards highlighted in this training include Assessment, Developmentally Informed Treatment, and Trauma Informed Treatment.
Credentialing credit will be given for completing all three videos in the series. This training fulfills 1 clock hour credits toward:
- CPP/CPS initial
- CASAC/CPP/CPS renewals
- NYS Education Dept. Social Work Continuing Education
Related clinical guidance and reference materials for providers and program staff serving the adolescent population.
Frequently Asked Questions
Adolescent Endorsement FAQs
Program Staff Serving Adolescent Populations
Guidance for clinical and non-clinical staff serving adolescent and young adults in treatment settings.
Adolescents Resource List
Evidence-based practices, clinical models, and assessment tools for serving adolescents and young adults.
Medications for Addiction Treatment - Adolescents
Clinical guidance on medication for opioid use disorders among adolescents and young adults from BSAS.
Pediatric Mental Health Minute Series
Video series provides real-time education to support providers who care for children and youth with mental health disorders.