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

Webinar Link: 

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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.

When in the seminar room, the Adobe Connect Log-in screen appears, select "Enter as a Guest," enter the name and state of the participant in the "Name" field (Ex. Jane Doe-AK) and click on "Enter Room."  For attendees, this is a “listen only” webinar.  Should they need to dial in, the instructions are on the note pad in the seminar room.  

If you dial in, please ensure that your computer speakers are turned off so that there is no audio feedback. 

Note: If you are only able to join the audio portion, then you will not be able to see the webinar presentation.  

We highly recommend that you test your connection to Adobe Connect in advance of the webinar to ensure access. You may need to work with your state’s IT Department to resolve any firewall issues. To test your connection, please go to: You may be prompted to install ActiveX control, Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Connect add-ins. If you encounter any difficulty testing your connection or logging into the webinar, please contact Technical Support by calling 1-800-459-5680.

If you are having an issue logging into the web, you can also join by phone first, press *0 and get a private operator help to get you onto the web.  If you have an issue any time during the call, you can press *0 for immediate help.  

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at or at 703-682-5187.