The Tri-Valley Library of Conversations Courses
Dual-Diagnosis: New Approaches to Serving People with Substance Use Disorder and Behavioral Health Conditions
Martha Kane, PhD
The once widely-used term “dual-diagnosis” is now generally seen as inadequate to capturing the complex and multi-faceted experiences and needs of persons living with Substance Use Disorder and Behavioral Health conditions. This presentation attempts to provide updated insight into those experiences and needs as well as new models of care by addressing: Recent escalation of mortality and morbidity related to substance use disorder – and what it has revealed; Integrated nature of Behavioral Health (BH) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD); Ineffectiveness of responding to disorders separately – need for integrated care across disciplines and systems; Core concepts of patient centered care and chronic disease management; and Recent innovations in treatment for those living with BH and SUD disorders.
Course Objectives Include:
1) Participants will be able to describe the integrated nature of behavioral health (BH) and substance use disorder (SUD) as experienced by those living with the dual disorders.
2) Participants will be able to identify the core concepts of patient centered care and chronic disease management as these concepts apply to those living with these dual conditions.
3) Participants will be able to describe recent innovations in treatment for those living with dual BH and SUD disorders.