This chapter describes the key components of health care systems; historical reasons substance use and its consequences have been addressed separately from other health problems; the key role that health care systems can play in providing prevention, treatment, and recovery support services (RSS) for substance use disorders; and the recent developments that are leading to improved integration of substance use-related care with the rest of medicine. This chapter also describes the challenges to effective integration, as well as promising trends, such as in health information technology (health IT) that will facilitate it. Because these changes are still underway, much of the relevant research is still formative and descriptive; information presented in this chapter often derives from reports and descriptive papers.
This course is based on Chapter 6 of Facing Addiction in America created by US Dept of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General and SAMHSA in 2016..
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US Dept of Health and Human Services
Office of the Surgeon General
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.
Clinicians, program administrators, health care administrators, prescribing providers, researchers, government officials. This course is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Identify barriers to treatment of substance use in medical settings, including electronic health records
Acknowledge the efforts are needed to support integrating screening, assessments, interventions, use of medications, and care coordination between general health systems and specialty substance use disorder treatment programs or services.
Apply integrating care for substance use disorders into mainstream health to increase the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care.
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