There are many consequences of undiagnosed, untreated, or undertreated co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. Studies show that compared to individuals without co-occurring disorders, people with co-occurring disorders were more likely to be:
- Incarcerated, or
- Infected with HIV, hepatitis, and other diseases.
Individuals with co-occurring disorders may seek services across service systems. Effectively serving individuals with co-occurring disorders means that staff can recognize a co-occurring disorder regardless of where the individual enters the system. Across systems, staff can ensure that:
- Co-occurring conditions are detected early
- Individuals are accessing the care that they need
- Care is individualized and responsive to all conditions
Special Topics is designed to help administrators and providers serve individuals with co-occurring disorders who are involved in other systems including: