Co-Occurring Disorders in the Adolescent Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Systems

Turner, Win C.; Muck, Randolph D.; Muck, Rebekah J.; Stephens, Robert L.; Sukumar, Bhuvana
December 2004
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs;Dec2004, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p455
Academic Journal
This article explores the rates of co-occurring disorders in two large federally-funded programs that target youth. In the mental health treatment system, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) supports the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program. SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) supports a number of grant programs providing substance abuse treatment for adolescents. The data from these programs underscores the need for the use of systematic, validated, biopsychosocial assessment instruments for all youth entering either the substance abuse or mental health treatment systems. The current evidence base for models of co-occurring treatment for youth is discussed and recommendations made for future activity related to adolescent co-occurring treatment.


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