Health Care Systems and Substance Use Disorders
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Course Created: 2016
Practice Level: Intermediate
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA leads public health efforts that advance the behavioral health of the nation. On samhsa.gov SAMHSA states that its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on communities in America.
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This course 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.
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- Describe the key components of health care systems
- Explain why SUD services have traditionally been separate from mental health and general health care
- Describe how SUD services are financed
- Discuss the challenges of integrating SUD and health care services
- Key Components of Health Care Systems
- Substance Use Disorder Services Have Traditionally Been Separate From Mental Health and General Health Care
- A Growing Impetus for Integration
- Financing Systems for Substance Use Disorder Services
- Challenges Facing the Integration of Substance Use Services and Health Care
- Promising Innovations That Improve Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment
- Recommendations for Research
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