At the Crossroads

Examining the Intersection of Care for Persons With Mental and Substance-Use Conditions

About the Course:

This hour-long video presentation, from SAMHSA’s Recovery Month webcast series, explores barriers to effective treatment for people with co-occurring disorders of substance abuse and mental illness. It discusses Institute of Medicine recommendations for service coordination and other steps to treatment improvement for co-occurring disorders.



Publication Date:

September 6, 2006

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about care for persons with mental and substance-use conditions. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the issue of co-occurring substance abuse and mental health conditions and the types of services individuals in that position are likely to receive.

  2. Discuss the prevalence of co-occurring disorders and the mental health conditions likely to be associated with substance abuse.

  3. Describe ways to improve treatment of co-occurring disorders and the involvement of a client’s family in the process.

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