Office of National Drug Control Policy

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Tackle Co-Occurring Disorders Using a Community-Based Response
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An increase in the assessment of substance abuse disorders in the criminal justice system setting has alerted experts to the reality of other co-occurring disorders (e.g., psychiatric disorders, infectious diseases, chronic pain) that can accompany and are often exacerbated by substance abuse.

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Behavioral health scientists and criminal justice system stakeholders can make an enormous impact on these populations by expanding services at all points in the system, especially in the context of postbooking and post-arraignment jail diversion programs. These programs focus on providing services including integrated dual diagnosis treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication management, psychiatric rehabilitation, supported housing, supported employment, and illness-specific mutual help groups. The Administration will continue to support these initiatives that recognize the co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse.

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