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The Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Substance Use Treatment Celebrates a Transition

On May 8, 2019, individuals from the community and from the medical school gathered to celebrate a transition in the Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Substance Use Treatment. The CAST program was founded under the leadership of John Looney, M.D., as part of a continuum of care being offered in Child Psychiatry. At the time, the program at Duke became one of the first university-based intensive outpatient based treatment programs for adolescents at the time. Over nearly 30 years, the CAST program has been an important resource for adolescents and young adults struggling with substance use difficulties in the Duke, Durham and Triangle community. 

At the celebration, the foundational contributions of Gary Sauls, LCAS, were recognized and celebrated as he transitions into retirement from 25 years of service with the program into a role of senior consultant for the program. Gary Maslow, M.D., Co-Chief, Division of Child and Family Mental Health and Developmental Neuroscience, also presented his vision for expanded substance use prevention and treatment services for the Duke and Durham community, called the Daylight initiative, building on Gary Saul’s foundation and legacy.

For more information about CAST services, please visit the Duke Integrated Pediatric Mental Health website. For referrals or questions, please call 919-681-2091.