Clients in substance abuse treatment often have co-occurring mental health disorders; however, substance abuse treatment providers may lack training and resources to provide for the mental health needs of clients. To address the gap in effective service provision for clients with co-occurring disorders in substance abuse treatment programs, a research organization and a substance abuse treatment organization collaborated to conduct a community-based intervention trial. By detailing their collaborative process and lessons learned surrounding the design and evaluation of an intervention to improve care for co-occurring disorders, the authors’ intention is to facilitate the collaborative efforts of other researchers and providers.
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