Serious Mental Illness and Opioid Use Disorders
A SAMHSA sponsored webinar presented by the National Council for Behavioral Health will take place Monday, March 13, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern Time called “Serious Mental Illness and Opioid Use Disorders”
Target Audience (primary care/behavioral health and skill/professional level): State and Local Behavioral Health Systems
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Individuals with an opioid use disorder (OUD) frequently suffer from serious mental illness (SMI). Over half of patients with bipolar affective disorder and schizophrenia have a co-occurring SUD. Co-occurring disorders, however, can be difficult to manage in a fragmented treatment system. Care outcomes respond best to comprehensive treatment with culturally competent practices. Understanding why providers often underutilize medication assisted treatment (MAT) is important to overcoming provider bias, as well as the discriminatory bias and perceptions around substance use disorders mental illness. This webinar will discuss the evidence base for treating OUD and co-occurring disorders simultaneously, the benefits and advantages of utilizing MAT for individuals with SMI, and empower mental health providers to utilize and translate evidenced-based behavioral health skills to diagnose and manage SMI among patients with OUD.
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