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Building the Workforce to Address Co-Occurring Disorders

The effective treatment of co-occurring mental and substance use disorders requires collaboration across disciplines. While evidence shows that the most effective services offer treatment for both disorders, practitioners are usually trained in separate fields, operate under distinct licenses with requirements that may restrict integrated care, and know relatively little about each other's organizational culture and operations.

In order to work together effectively, practitioners need:

  • basic information on co-occurring disorders
  • common terms that are understood by all
  • understanding and respect for each others' roles, responsibilities, and cultures

States working to improve co-occurring disorders treatment have taken multiple steps to build the workforce including:

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