Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Leaders Join Forces for an Integrated Solution

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The group has taken action to define the model for integrated treatment delivery and provide information and resources for its successful implementation across treatment organizations.

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"We're seeing a higher percentage of clients present with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders," said Marvin D. Seppala, M.D., chief medical officer at Hazelden.

Hazelden, along with other leaders in the fields of addiction and mental health, announces a united effort to advance a much-needed model of integrated treatment, Focus on Integrated Recovery. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 5.6 million adults in the United States suffer from co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Treatment models for mental health and addiction disorders exist separately, translating into care that is ineffective and often twice the cost.

Focus on Integrated Recovery is a collaboration between Hazelden, the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, and Westbridge Community Services. The group has taken action to define the model for integrated treatment delivery and provide information and resources for its successful implementation across treatment organizations. Educational information, events, and resources are available on their website, http://www.integratedrecoverynow.org.

“Here at Hazelden, just as at most every other treatment center in the country, we’re seeing a higher percentage of clients present with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Whether its depression, anxiety, or more severe mental illnesses that are complicating addiction, we know that our clients’ recoveries depend on our ability to treat both disorders at the same time, with the same team. This leadership group is committed to bringing focus and attention to integrated recovery,” said Marvin D. Seppala, M.D., chief medical officer at Hazelden.

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, executive director of NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals said, “It is vital in this new era of integrated services with addiction and mental health that our professionals are educated and informed of the technologies related to co-occurring disorders. This partnership in integrated treatment brings the best of educational technologies, resources, and outreach to addiction and other helping professionals.”

“As community mental health and addiction provider organizations strive to position themselves as partners within integrated health systems, the ability to diagnose and manage treatment for individuals with both mental health and substance use disorders is in line with broader efforts to support chronic disease management; moving us from a sick care to a health care system that better serves the needs of our clients,” added Chuck Ingoglia, vice present of public policy, the National Council on Community Behavioral Healthcare.

Source: Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction.

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