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Implementing Interventions for Homeless Individuals with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: A PATH Technical Assistance Package
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Programs receiving PATH funds represent the first response for people with a myriad of social problems that have been the most difficult for traditional programs to address. PATH providers have identified the treatment needs of homeless individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders as especially difficult (AHP needs assessment of PATH front-line providers). Problems in assessing the relative contribution of co-occurring disorders to present mood, thought, or behavioral abnormalities, in effectively engaging and preparing clients for treatment and recovery, and in matching appropriate treatment approaches to the varying needs of individual clients present special challenges. (Author)