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The human and economic toll of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders in this country demands immediate attention. Though the problems associated with co-occurring disorders have long been acknowledged and discussed, there has been little consensus about how to accomplish needed system change.

The National Dialogue on Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders, held June 16-17, 1998, in Washington, DC, offered participants an unprecedented opportunity to address this critical issue. Supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and two of its centers - the Center for Mental Health Services and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment – the meeting was co-sponsored by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD). Invited participants included State mental health commissioners and alcohol and drug abuse directors, expert panelists, and Federal officials. (Author)
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