This webinar’s focus is to increase participants’ knowledge about useful screening and assessment instruments for co-occurring disorders (CODs). Mr. Warren first presents the SAMHSA definition of CODs which is: “co-occurring substance use (abuse or dependence) and mental disorders…Clients (drug court) participants said to have co-occurring disorders have one or more mental disorders as well as one or more disorders relating to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs.” He goes on to discuss screening protocols and explains that the purpose of screening is only to determine if further assessment is necessary. Some instruments used for mental, substance and both mental and substance screening are listed along with general features of these various instruments, such as precision, simplicity, cost, and protocols. He also notes that assessment is an ongoing process of gathering key information relating to a client that assists in getting them engaged in services He stresses that screening and assessment should be integrated processes which take into account all of a client’s disorders to build the most effective treatment plan. Lastly, he describes the ’12-step assessment process’ which provides a guideline for developing an individualized treatment program.
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