Treatment Systems for Population Management of Substance Use Disorders: Requirements and Priorities from a Public Health Perspective

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This chapter describes the requirements and priorities of service systems designed to treat persons with substance use disorders. Research and theory are reviewed to inform policymakers, program administrators, and treatment providers about the best ways to organize or to expand treatment services using a public health systems perspective, which is concerned primarily with how services contribute to the health and welfare of a population. The requirements of a service system include sound policies (especially stable financing); appropriate structural features, such as facilities and trained personnel; and services that are accessible, affordable, and integrated. The priorities for establishing such a system will depend on the assessment of population needs, as well as needs-based planning and the support of mutual help organizations. It is concluded that a public health approach to the development of treatment systems provides a useful way of responding to the changing needs of the population in relation to substance use disorders.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Community MedicineUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineFarmingtonUSA

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