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SAMHSA News - July/August 2007, Volume 15, Number 4

New on Co-Occurring Disorders

To continue to educate states, communities, and treatment professionals, SAMHSA’s Co-Occurring Center for Excellence (COCE) recently released two new overview papers in a series on co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders.

The first 3 papers in a series of 10 state-of-the art publications were released in September 2006 (see SAMHSA News online, September/October 2006).

Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders in Non-Traditional Service Settings: Overview Paper 4 describes how professionals who work in primary health care, public safety and criminal justice, and social service settings can identify and respond effectively to people with co-occurring disorders.

The paper presents the ways that these initial contacts can increase the likelihood that people with co-occurring disorders will take advantage of treatment.

Understanding Evidence-Based Practices for Co-Occurring Disorders: Overview Paper 5 offers information on evidence-based practices and their use in treating people with co-occurring disorders. The paper describes several program- and treatment-level interventions recently developed and tested.

Paper 5 explains how to determine if a given practice should be labeled as “evidence-based.” Brief examples are included. In addition, the paper clarifies the advantages of employing evidence-based practices. And meanings of related terms are included, such as promising practices, model programs, and best practices.

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Copies of these papers may be obtained free of charge by calling SAMHSA’s Health Information Network at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727) or 1-866-889-2647 (TDD). Request inventory number SMA07-4277 for Overview Paper 4 and SMA07-4278 for Overview Paper 5.

Online, Overview Paper 4 is available at

Overview Paper 5 is available at

For more information, visit SAMHSA’s COCE Web site at

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