A non-profit mental health and substance-abuse treatment center in Westport has received a $20,000 grant to help support its program for adolescents.

Positive Directions -- The Center for Prevention & Recovery said it was awarded the money by Fairfield County Community Foundation.

Positive Directions' adolescent program addresses a range of psychological and neurological behavioral-health issues, including substance abuse and other addictive behaviors. The program includes; diagnosis and assessment, individual and family therapy; aftercare following inpatient treatment; and workshops to develop parenting and family management skills to support adolescent behavior.

Marty Hauhuth, Positive Directions' executive director, said the grant would help to provide treatment services to families who may otherwise face their personal challenges without any other resource or community support. "We are very grateful for the Foundation's generosity and for their continuing confidence in our programs and services," he said.

Karen R. Brown, the foundation's vice president of programs, said the award was based on the continuing need for support for underserved families in Fairfield County who have adolescents requiring treatment. "Today's financial challenges make it more important than ever to support the critical programs which serve the young people in our community," she said.

Positive Directions is a state-licensed organization that has been providing services since 1971.

The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County.