Lesson 3 Introduction to the Substance Use Disorder Treatment System

“AATC White Paper: Integrating Substance Use Disorder and Health Care Services in an Era of Health Care Reform” 

Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, 2015

The first in a series of white papers on integrating substance use disorders and health care, this paper focuses on emphasizing the need for better integration of substance use disorder (SUD) and health care services and describes an array of effective models, interventions and implementation strategies for treating SUDs in health care settings.

Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders: A Framework for Establishing Evidence-Based Standards 

Board on Health Sciences Policy, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, National Academies Press, 2015.

In this report, the study committee develops a framework that can be used to chart a path toward the ultimate goal of improving the outcomes of psychosocial interventions for those with mental health and substance use disorders.

Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions: Quality Chasm Series 

Board on Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, National Academies Press, 2006.

This report examines the Quality Chasm approach to overall health care and addresses the question of whether or not it can be applied to health care for mental and substance use-conditions. It also describes a multi-faceted and comprehensive strategy for doing so.

“Understanding the Disease Concept of Addiction” 

Mark D. Schenker, Living with Addiction, Pro Talk, rehabs.com, September 2014.

An article dissecting addiction as a disease and how that idea effects the best treatment model.

Integration of Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Primary Care: Case Studies

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US), Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, No. 173. October 2008.

A collection of case studies around the integration of mental health and substance abuse into primary care. These case studies deliberately cover a spectrum of health care organizations, sponsorship, approaches to integrated care, and patient populations.


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