Additional resources

Manitoba Co-occurring Disorders Initiative Website list
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Manitoba Co-occurring Disorders Initiative Training Package
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Article on Integrated Treatment by Kenneth Minkoff
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Working Together Towards Recovery
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Clinical aspects of substance abuse in persons with schizophrenia
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Youth & Drugs and Mental Health: A Resource for Professionals

Partnering with Families Affected by Concurrent Disorders: A Facilitator's Guide

Making the Link: Case management and Concurrent Disorders

Training modules/kits:

Beyond the Label -CAMH is an educational kit developed by the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health to promote awareness and understanding of the impact of stigma on people living with concurrent mental health and substance use problems. It was developed to support people working in the fields of mental health and/or addictions by providing them with an interactive framework to discuss, learn, understand and reflect on the impact of stigma on people living with concurrent mental health and substance use problems.

IRETA Store - An Eco-systemic Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Model A Training Module A training module that presents an ecological treatment model for multi-diagnosed patients/consumers and their families, who present with complex medical, addictive, psychiatric, and psychosocial problems. This innovative treatment approach bridges core medical, psychiatric, social work, nursing, and recovery principles, beliefs, practice realities, and strategies. The curriculum includes handouts, worksheets, overheads, outlines, and a training manual.

emja Harry H Hustig and Peter D Norrie, Managing schizophrenia in the community

Best Practice Information:

Best Practices - Concurrent Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders Published by Health Canada (2002) and prepared by the Centre for Addictions in Mental Health, this report is a synthesis of best practice guidelines from research literature and expert opinion concerning the treatment and support for people with concurrent mental health and substance use disorders. The report offers specific recommendations for the screening, assessment and treatment/support. A national inventory of specialized concurrent disorders programs, entitled "National Program Inventory - Concurrent Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders" has also been developed and is published separately as a companion to this document.

Best Practices in Mental Health and Addictions in BC British Columbia's Mental Health and Addictions Reform initiative provides the vision for a comprehensive, evidence-based continuum of mental health and addictions services in the province. As part of this reform in BC, the Ministry of Health formed best practices working groups that would build upon the vision and foundation provided by the Review of Best Practices Mental Health Reform (1997), prepared by the Health Systems Research Unit of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry under the auspices of the Canadian Federal/Provincial/Territorial Advisory Network on Mental Health.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) SAMHSA identified as one of its highest priorities the improvement of treatment and services for individuals with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders. SAMHSA created the Co-Occurring Center for Excellence (COCE) to provide technical, informational, and training resources for the dissemination of knowledge and the adoption of evidence-based practices in systems and programs that serve persons with co-occurring disorders. The site includes a number of resources aimed specifically at practitioners and clinicians. <>

Tips and Fact Sheets:

Substance Abuse in Brief Fact Sheet - Identifying and Helping Patients with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders: A Guide for Primary Care Providers (Vol. 4, Issue 2, 2006). Published by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This fact sheet explores the relationship between co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, including the identification of patients with co-occurring disorders and providing or obtaining appropriate treatment for such disorders.

Schizophrenia A fact sheet on schizophrenia for the general public, published by the B.C. Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. One of over forty fact sheets on mental health and substance use. Overview of concurrent disorders by Canadian Mental Health Associations, Ontario.

Knowledge Exchange and Transfer Initiatives

Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, Concurrent Disorders Knowledge Exchange Projects and activities under development in Ontario that will help to improve the ability of service providers in Ontario and the capacity of the Mental Health and Addiction systems to meet the needs of people affected by concurrent disorders, including family members. (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Co-Occurring Dialogues is an Electronic Discussion List that represents an expansion of the services offered by the CSAT Treatment Improvement Exchange on the Web. ( The List was developed and established by the Division of State and Community Assistance (DSCA), and specifically focuses on issues related to dual diagnosis (defined for the purposes of this activity as a mental disorder and substance abuse).

Dual Diagnosis Website - This American website features extensive online resources related to concurrent disorders for service providers, consumers, and family members.

Schizophrenia Digest source of information dedicated to bringing hope, dignity and support to persons with schizophrenia and their families.

Doctor's Guide to Schizophrenia Information & Resources Medical news and information for patients or friends/parents of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia and schizophrenia-related disorders. A gathering of information and chat/discussion area for people with schizophrenia, as well as the families, friends, researchers, and other professionals to get together and share information and experiences in the common battle against this disease.