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SAMHSA Report to Congress on the Prevention and Treatment of Co-Occurring Substance Abuse Disorders and Mental Disorders
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This report includes both underlying guiding principles and a plan for SAMHSA to guide action at the National, State and local levels to redress current weaknesses and enhance strengths in accountability, capacity, and effectiveness of treatment and prevention services for people with co-occurring substance abuse disorders and mental disorders. (authors)

The content of this report includes a response to each of four statutory requirements:

  • A summary of the manner in which individuals with co-occurring disorders are receiving treatment;
  • A summary of practices for preventing substance abuse disorders among individuals who have a mental illness and are at risk of having or acquiring a substance abuse disorder;
  • A summary of evidence-based practices for treating individuals with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders and recommendations for implementing such practices; and
  • A summary of improvements necessary to ensure that individuals with co-occurring disorders receive the services they need. (SAMHSA)
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