Substance Use & Prevention Program

We provide assessment, Level 0.5 early intervention and Level 1 outpatient services for youth who meet criteria for any substance use disorder (marijuana, alcohol, tobacco/vaping, and other drugs). Learn more about levels of care from the Illinois Department of Human Services. Our team also provides medications for addiction treatment for youth struggling with opioid and nicotine use disorders

SUPP is a part of The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, and is staffed by a diverse multidisciplinary team including pediatricians and behavioral health providers. Our expert clinicians are trained provide comprehensive services. We accept new patients up to 21 years of age. All patients may be followed until their 25th birthday.

Outside of our clinical program, we serve the community by providing prevention education sessions.

Services & Support

Currently, our medical and behavioral health providers offer the following services:

  • Treatment services to youth who meet criteria for a variety of substance use disorders: 
    • Individual Therapy
    • Medical evaluations as necessary
  • Medications for addiction treatment:
  • Substance Use Prevention Education
    • Substance use prevention trainings for youth, staff, and parents/guardians
    • Naloxone training and distribution
    • Youth Substance Use Prevention Coalition (SUPC)

As our program continues to grow in the future, we plan to provide the following:

  • Group therapy
  • Support groups for patients and families
    • SMART Recovery, 12 Step Recovery, Refuge Recovery, and others
    • Parent Support Groups
    • Community Support work
  • Creative opportunities to support our patients, families and communities

At this time, we are not able to offer the following:

  • In-patient medical detox
  • Residential services
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Intensive outpatient programming

If you are looking for services we do not provide, please contact the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances:

  • 1.833.2FIND.HELP
  • Provides a quick assessment & connection to resources based on insurance and zip code

Our Philosophy

At Lurie Children’s, we recognize that both substance use prevention and the path to recovery is different for everyone. The Substance Use and Prevention Program (SUPP) provides comprehensive and holistic care for patients and families. As a specialty program within The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, SUPP utilizes multidisciplinary team to address the complex needs of those experiencing substance use disorders. We provide that every adolescent that comes through our program with current and evidence-based care for addiction treatment and prevention.

Meet the Team

  • Amanda Schall, MA, GCPM | Division Manager
  • Maria Rahmandar, MD | Medical Director
  • Faith Summersett Williams, PhD | Psychologist
  • Gia Guerrero, CNA  | Administrative Professional
  • Lindsey Eilers, LCSW, CADC | Psych Substance Use Social Worker
  • Jennifer Jensen, MSN, APRN-NP, CPNP  | Nurse Practitioner
  • Alyssa Kelly, MSW, LSW | Medical Social Worker


To learn more about our Substance Use Outpatient Services or to request an appointment, please call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC)

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