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Co-occurring Disorders


Co-occurring disorders refers to an individual having one or more substance abuse disorders and one or more psychiatric disorders. Formerly called as Dual Diagnosis. Each disorder can cause syptoms of the other disorder leading to slow recovery and reduced quality of life.
AMH, along with partners, is improving services to Oregonians with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders by:
  • Developing funding strategies
  • Developing competencies
  • Providing training and technical assistance to staff on program integration and evidence based practices
  • Conducting fidelity reviews of evidence based practices for the COD population
  • Revising the Integrated Services and Supports Oregon Administrative Rule
The high rate of co-occurrence between drug abuse and addiction and other mental disorders argues for a comprehensive approach to intervention that identifies, evaluates, and treats each disorder concurrently. Co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders is considered the expectation for both the addictions and mental health service providers.

Co-occurring Disorders Resources

Resource Description
Advanced Competencies ChecklistNew
Competency Checklist Tool
Basic Compentencies ChecklistNew
Competency Checklist Tool
Cod Service RepoODNew
Survey of Treatment Report
Comorbidity - Addiction and Other Mental IllnessNew
Research Report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Core PrinciplesNew
AMH Principles to delivery of effective, inclusive COD Services
DDACT-NIATx-Project PaperNew
Fact SheetNew
Facts and Figures
Funding StrategyNew
AMH Funding Strategies
Implementing Change in Substance Abuse Treatment ProgramsNew
U.S Dept. of Health and Human Services Technical Assistance Publication
Intermediate Compentencies CheckListNew
Competency Checklist Tool
Working with Youth with Co-Occurring DisordersNew
PowerPoint Presentation

Co-occuring Disorder Links


Co-Occuring Disorders Information Center

​Mental Health Association of New York Project

SAMHSA Toolkit

​Integrated Treaetment for Co-Occurring Disorders Evidence based Practices Kit

Co-Occuring Assessment Tool

​Dartmouth Supported Project

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous of Oregon Inc.

​12 Step Peer Support Group


Program Contact - Ralph Summers​