Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders in Non-Traditional Service Settings (Overview Paper 4)

About the Course:

Settings outside the substance abuse and mental health (SA/MH) system, or settings where service missions do NOT include a primary focus on COD are the focus of this overview paper. Primary health, public safety and criminal justice, and social service settings, where persons with COD are likely to be seen, are highlighted.


SAMHSA’s Co-Occurring Center for Excellence

Publication Date:

Printed 2007


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about systems integration for persons with co-occurring disorders. It is appropriate for an introductory level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Differentiate between primary, specialty, and acute care in reference to health settings.

  2. Address what can be done for persons with co-occurring disorders (COD) in public safety, criminal justice, and social welfare settings.

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