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Directors of county mental health systems face persistent and frustrating barriers to providing services to the population with co-occurring mental illness and chemical abuse disorders. Individuals in this group are both difficult to engage and retain in traditional treatments and challenging to support in the community. There is a consensus that services for individuals with varying degrees of co-occurring disorders should be coordinated along a continuum ranging from consultation to collaboration to integration.
This report:
-provides the research and data context that supports integrating services
-documents the barriers experienced in New York State
-describes strategies that have met with some success in integrating services. (Authors)
Orangeburg, NY