Integrated Co-Occurring Disorders Services: Assessment, Staff, Skills, and Systems Issues

Integrated Co-Occurring Disorders Services: Assessment, Staff, Skills, and Systems Issues



In an era of healthcare reform, accountable care organizations, medical and health homes, systems increasingly will integrate addiction, mental and general health care services. As behavioral health departments embark on more effective integrated co-occurring mental and substance disorders treatment and also serve general health more effectively, there is a need for a common language of assessment, service planning and a flexible continuum of care.

This workshop is designed to address these important clinical and systems issues and show how the current and third edition of The ASAM Criteria (American Society of Addiction Medicine) helps focus person-centered assessment and services to implement integrated services.  It will address assessment, treatment and systems issues to move from a sick-care to a health and wellness system of care.



  1. Review the context and background of the general and behavioral health field that has created attitudinal and values differences contributing to fragmentation.
  2. Identify assessment, treatment and systems issues important in providing integrated services for those with co-occurring mental and substance-related disorders.
  3. Review concepts and content of The ASAM Criteria that promote integrated services.



9 AM                                                                                                                                          or 1PM            A.  Review of Cultural Clashes in the Behavioral and General Health                                     Fields

  • Polarized Perspectives about Presenting Problems
  • Different Theoretical Perspectives; Different Treatment Methodologies

B.  Improving COD Services

  • Assessment and treatment dilemmas and solutions
  • Systems issues to improve integration

10:30 AM                                                                                                                                  or 2:30 PM      BREAK

10:45 AM                                                                                                                                  or 2:45 PM      A.  The ASAM Criteria

  • Underlying concepts that help integrate services
  • Multidimensional assessment and continuum of levels of care

Noon                                                                                                                                          or 4 PM            Adjourn