Many efforts are underway to build a behavioral health system that enables Americans to find effective treatments and services in their communities for mental and/or substance use disorders. Historically, the mental health and substance use service systems have been separate, and not well coordinated. Increased collaboration between the mental and substance use treatment systems is key to the improvement of services overall. Panelists will discuss some of the challenges with integration at the federal, state, and local levels and discuss the benefits and successful outcomes when integration is embraced. This show will explore the integrated mental and substance use disorder services and recovery models currently adopted in some states. In addition, panelists will discuss the findings and recommendations of the 2016 Surgeon General’s report, Facing Addiction In America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.
Behavioral Health Treatments & Services Learn how health care professionals address common mental illnesses and substance use disorders and how SAMHSA helps people access treatments and services.