Lesson 4 Special Considerations

Optional Readings

Behavioral Health Issues Among Afghanistan and Iraq U.S. War Veterans

SAMSHA, In Brief, Vol. 7 Issue 1, Summer 2012

This In Brief introduces some of the problems facing OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) and OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) veterans and can help healthcare and social service professionals understand these veterans’ needs.

“Screening and Assessment of Co-occurring Disorders in the Justice System”

SAMSHA, U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, 2015.

This report provides knowledge on a wide range of evidence-based practices for screening and assessment of adults in the justice system who have co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. Discusses the importance of instrument selection for screening and assessing patients

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 56: Addressing the Specific Behavioral Health Needs of Men

SAMSHA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014.

This TIP addresses the the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual effects of substance use and abuse on men, and the difference that exists in these factors between genders.

“Barriers in the mind: promoting an economic case for mental health in low- and middle-income countries”

David McDaid, Martin Knapp, and Shoba Raja, World Psychiatry, Vol. 7 Issue 2, June 2008.

This report reflects on some of the challenges faced in high-income countries and outlines the role that economic evidence could play in strengthening the policy case for investment in mental health.

“Cross-Cultural Barriers to Mental Health Services in the United States” 

Frederick T. L. Leong and Zornitsa Kalibatseva, Cerebrum: The Dana Forum on Brain Science, Volume 2011 Issue 5, March 2011.

This article outlines the significant, cross-cultural barriers to mental health services in the United States and outlines national changes that need to be made to the mental health care system in order for proper care to be widely available and accepted.

“Mental Health Problems of Prison and Jail Inmates”

Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, December 2006. 

A special report detailing the prevalence of mental illness amongst prison and jail inmates, providing statistics for a wide-range of potential problems.

“LGBT Health Disparities”

APA Public Interest Government Relations Office, American Psychological Association, May 2013.

A short report documenting the disparities in health care for members of the LGBT community.

Or, select from the American Psychological Association Advocacy Issues


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