The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 107–113

Linking substance abuse and serious mental illness service delivery systems: Initiating a statewide collaborative

Authors

  • Paul Barreira
    • Clinical and Professional Services, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
  • Barbara Espey
    • the Massachusetts Department of Public Health/Bureau of Substance Abuse
  • Ruth Fishbein
    • the Quality Improvement Collaborative at Health and Addictions Research, Inc.
  • Deborah Moran
    • Clinical and Professional Services, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
  • Raymond B. FlanneryJr.
    • Clinical and Professional Services, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Brief Reports

DOI: 10.1007/BF02287808

Cite this article as:
Barreira, P., Espey, B., Fishbein, R. et al. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research (2000) 27: 107. doi:10.1007/BF02287808

Abstract

In the past, persons with serious mental illness and substance abuse often found themselves in parallel systems of care that inadequately addressed their needs. Recent advances have seen the development of an integrated approach to care for these disorders in both the public and private sectors. While some state departments of mental health have developed integrated systems of care for public sector patients, no department appears to have developed such a system for both public and private clients, and there appears to be no published journal report of a model to induce cooperation by all stakeholders. This article outlines a two-step approach by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health to foster stakeholder cooperation in designing an integrated system of care for both public and private clients with co-occurring disorders.

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© Association of Behavioral Healthcare Management 2000