The following resources address the co-occurrence of substance use and mental health disorders.
AACAP/CWLA Foster Care Mental Health Values Subcommittee - Policy Statement
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2002)
Guiding principles for mental health and substance abuse service coordination and case management, prevention and early identification, accessibility of services, and integrated service planning for children in foster care and their families.
Barriers to Services Among Women in Substance Abuse Treatment: Implications for Child Welfare
Tracy & Martin
APSAC Advisor: American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, 18(3), 2006
Documents the extent and types of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and examines barriers to services among women in residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs.
The Best Beginning: Partnerships Between Primary Health Care and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Young Children and Their Families (PDF - 689 KB)
Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (2005)
An overview of a range of innovative efforts across the country to treat families as a whole, provide care in the context of a medical home, identify mental health and substance abuse disorders earlier, and make successful referrals to community-based mental health and substance abuse services.
Families of Persons With Substance Use and Mental Disorders: A Literature Review and Conceptual Framework
Townsend, Biegel, Ishler, Wieder, & Rini
Family Relations, 55(4), 2006
Presents a conceptual framework for examining family involvement of adults in treatment for co-occurring substance and mental disorders.
Identifying and Helping Patients With Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders: A Guide for Primary Care Providers
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (2006)
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. (PDF - 117 KB)
Identifying Mental Health and Substance Use Problems of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Child-Serving Organizations (PDF - 2,970 KB)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2011)
Addresses approaches, methods, and strategies used to identify mental health and substance use problems of high-risk youths in settings that serve a broad spectrum of children and adolescents or a high-risk population.
Making Interagency Initiatives Work for Children and Families in the Child Welfare System
Health Care Reform Tracking Project (2003)
In Promising Approaches for Behavioral Health Services to Children and Adolescents and Their Families in Managed Care Systems
Describes how the child welfare system is participating in interagency initiatives designed to serve children with mental health and substance abuse disorders and their families, including descriptions of three promising programs.
Nurturing Families Affected by Substance Abuse, Mental Illness, and Trauma: A Parenting Curriculum for Women and Children (PDF - 187 KB)
Women, Co-Occurring Disorders and Violence Coordinating Center (2002)
This program for women in recovery helps repair the parent-child relationship by providing information on the impact of substance abuse, mental illness and trauma on parents and families, and the subsequent emotions and behavior of children.
Screening and Assessing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Among Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Resource Guide for Practitioners (PDF - 1830 KB)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (2004)
A synthesis of information on more than 50 instruments that can be used to screen and assess youth for mental health and substance use disorders at various stages of the juvenile justice process. Includes guidelines for selecting instruments and best practice recommendations for diverse settings and situations.
Services for Youth With Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders and Their Families: Summary of the Special Forum Held at the 2006 Georgetown University Training Institutes (PDF - 120 KB)
National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (2007)
Topics addressed include integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment, individualized, strengths-based services, and financing streams.
Treatment Effectiveness With Dually Diagnosed Adolescents: A Systematic Review
Bender, Springer, & Kim
Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 6(3), 2006
Reviews clinical trials of interventions for adolescents with both substance abuse and mental health diagnoses and derives preliminary guidelines for treating these adolescents based on treatments shown to be most effective.
Women With Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Substance Abuse (PDF - 98 KB)
National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center (2005)
Provides statistics on the prevalence of and an overview of the characteristics of women with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse, and discusses screening and assessment as well as successful treatment approaches.