Most people with co-occurring substance use disorders never get the high-quality care they need to recover. However, research shows that integrating medications for co-occurring disorders (CODs) can help clients achieve better outcomes. To address this issue, RAND researchers created a toolkit to support the delivery of effective, evidence-based pharmacotherapy for clients with co-occurring alcohol use disorder (COD-alcohol) and simplify care implementation in mental health clinics.
Users of the toolkit follow a four-step process to successfully integrate a COD-alcohol care program in their mental health clinics. In Step 1, users identify key team members and learn how to motivate them. In Step 2, users become familiar with COD-alcohol treatment and learn which staff members will be responsible for each step of the process. In Step 3, users gather all the resources needed to provide COD-alcohol care in their clinics and assign and train staff on their roles. Finally, in Step 4, users begin treating clients with COD-alcohol and monitoring their success.