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Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders Evidence-Based Practices KIT

SAMHSA is committed to closing the gap that persists between research and practice. To achieve this, SAMHSA has developed a series of KITs to helps states, communities, and organizations interested in moving best practices into the field.

Preventing Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth

These documents provide general principles and guidelines to assist in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of pharmacologic approaches to support the recovery of individuals with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVE: Understanding and Addressing Trauma Among People Receiving Behavioral Health Services Webinar

Data shows at least 800,000 people with serious mental illness are admitted annually to jails in the United States.

SSI/SSDI Outreach Advocacy and Recovery (SOAR)

SAMHSA has sponsored the development of a website to help States and community-based agencies put into practice two practical measures of program-level capacity to address co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

About Co-Occurring

Mental and substance use conditions often co-occur. In other words, individuals with substance use conditions often have a mental health condition at the same time and vice versa.

  • Approximately 8.9 million adults have co-occurring disorders; that is they have both a mental and substance use disorder
  • Only 7.4 percent of individuals receive treatment for both conditions with 55.8 percent receiving no treatment at all.

Integrated treatment works

Integrated treatment or treatment that addresses mental and substance use conditions at the same time is associated with lower costs and better outcomes such as:

  • Reduced substance use
  • Improved psychiatric symptoms and functioning
  • Decreased hospitalization
  • Increased housing stability
  • Fewer arrests
  • Improved quality of life

SAMHSA's supports integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders. Through SAMHSA grants, publications, technical assistance and support, SAMHSA has promoted integration at the State, community and agency levels.

This Website captures many lessons learned from States administrators and community providers who are working to improve services for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Work is focused in six areas:

There are many consequences of undiagnosed, untreated, or undertreated co-occurring disorders including higher likelihood of experiencing:

  • Homelessness
  • Incarceration
  • Medical illnesses
  • Suicide
  • Early Mortality

Efforts and experiences in helping individuals with co-occurring disorders that end up in the criminal justice and homeless settings or present for services in primary care settings are described under Special Topics. This section also has information to help administrators and provider serve military service members and veterans who may be experiencing co-occurring disorders.

Building a strong service system for individuals with co-occurring disorders includes involving consumers and their families in the service planning, assessment and treatment process. Learn more under Promoting Recovery.

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Co-Occurring Webinars

  • The Co-Occurring Webinar Series is designed to address SAMHSA's Strategic Initiatives through providing expert guidance on co-occurring disorders systems, services integration, and implementing evidence-based practices.
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