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Co-Occurring Disorders

An estimated 10 million Americans have a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder. Co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders are inseparable problems and cannot be effectively addressed in isolation from each other. The current categorical distinctions reflected in the funding streams and administrative structures for physical and mental health, legal, and education services have prevented youth and their families from obtaining the kind of comprehensive, integrated treatment they need. We have compiled a list of organizations and publications dedicated to co-occurring disorders to assist you in obtaining information and resources.

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  • Report to Congress on the Prevention and Treatment of Co-Occurring Substance Abuse Disorders and Mental Disorders
    Congress has called on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as the Lead federal mental health and substance abuse service agency, to prepare a report outlining the scope of the problem, current treatment approaches, best practice models, and prevention efforts.

  • The National GAINS Center for People with Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System
    GAINS was created as a national locus for collecting and disseminating information about effective mental health and substance abuse services for people with co-occurring disorders who come in contact with the justice system. The GAINS Center is funded by SAMHSA's two centers--the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).

  • Dual Diagnosis Recovery Network
    This organization's mission is to develop and enhance recovery opportunities for individuals who experience a dual disorder of an emotional or psychiatric illness and a chemical addiction, and to provide support and education for members of their families.

  • Behavioral Health Recovery Management
    This project seeks to apply the principles of disease management to help individuals with chemical dependency and/or serious mental illness to engage in a process of recovery. The major components include the application of evidence-based treatments, coupled with longitudinal recovery support as an alternative to the acute interventions that characterize traditional behavioral health approaches. The project emphasizes a consumer-centered, strengths-based service delivery model.

  • Co-Occurring Dialogues Electronic Disscussion List
    CSAT makes the Co-Occurring Dialogues List available as a forum for communication, idea exchange, brainstorming, and sharing of exciting and current publications and opportunities. The list also is used to make announcements and broadcast information. Subscribers are free to ask questions of their peers, seek information, and respond to each others' comments.


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