The Willow Center, a certified outpatient substance use treatment and mental health counseling center, has launched a scholarship program in partnership with the Town of Brownsburg to support prevention and treatment for substance use among Brownsburg youth.
The scholarship funds will be provided to The Willow Center from the Town of Brownsburg through state opioid settlement funds over the next 15 years.
Substance use is a growing problem in Hendricks County, claiming 46 lives in 2022. Substance use behaviors are also high among youth, with 221 Hendricks County students referred to probation in 2022 for substance use. According to the Indiana Youth Survey, 39.5 percent of Central Indiana high school students report monthly cannabis use, 53.5 percent alcohol use, and 5.5 percent prescription drug use. The impact of substance abuse also stretches into public safety, as the Hendricks County Prosecutor's Office reported over 800 drug-related offenses in 2022.
"Supporting youth addiction prevention and treatment is crucial to help young people overcome addiction and achieve their full potential," said Brownsburg Chief of Police Joe Grimes. "Early intervention is essential to prevent addiction from escalating and reduce the likelihood of future addiction and related issues. It also helps build healthier communities and a brighter future for society."
Through this partnership, The Willow Center will provide scholarships to qualified Brownsburg residents ages 13-17 who require substance use treatment. Approximately 7 percent, or 12,000 Hendricks County residents, do not have health insurance. The scholarships will cover all or part of the expenses related to individualized substance use treatment. The program will also offer support to the families of these individuals during the treatment process.
"We understand the seriousness of addiction and its impact on individuals and families," said Brownsburg Town Council President Travis Tschaenn. "The scholarship program will help remove financial barriers to treatment, which can be a significant obstacle for many families. With the state settlement funding, we will continue building a safer and healthier community for younger generations."
The Willow Center has been providing addiction treatment services in the region for over 11 years and is a leading provider of evidence-based treatment programs.
"Every person's journey towards recovery is unique, and we believe in providing personalized support tailored to their needs," said The Willow Center CEO Ashley English. "We aim to create a safe and nurturing environment where our clients can heal, grow, and rediscover their true potential."
For more information about The Willow Center Adolescent Treatment Scholarship, eligibility requirements, and the application process, visit thewillowcenter.com/youth-scholarship.