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Christie, Emma [Public Health England] . (2017) Better care for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug use conditions. A guide for commissioners and service providers. London: Public Health England. 66 p.

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It is very common for people to experience problems with their mental health and alcohol/drug use (co-occurring conditions) at the same time. Research shows that mental health problems are experienced by the majority of drug (70%) and alcohol (86%) of alcohol users in community substance misuse treatment. Death by suicide is also common, with a history of alcohol or drug use being recorded in 54% of all suicides in people experiencing mental health problems. Other evidence tells us that people with co-occurring conditions have a heightened risk of other health problems and early death. We also know that in spite of the shared responsibility that NHS and local authority commissioners have to provide treatment, care and support, people with co-occurring conditions are often excluded from services.

This Public Health England (PHE) guide, developed with the support of NHS England, seeks to address this disparity. It should be used by the commissioners and providers of mental health and alcohol and drug treatment services, to inform the commissioning and provision of effective care for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug use conditions. It also has relevance for all other services that have contact with people with co-occurring conditions, including people experiencing mental health crisis. It is an action for PHE from the Crisis Care Concordati national action plan. It has been co-produced with members of the expert reference group for co-existing substance misuse with mental health issues, and in consultation with experts through experience, service providers, practitioners, commissioners and policy leads.

It supports implementation of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, including current and forthcoming development of a comprehensive set of evidence-based treatment pathways (EBTPs). It aims to support local areas to commission timely and effective responses for people with co-occurring conditions. It encourages commissioners and service providers to work together to improve access to services which can reduce harm, improve health and enhance recovery, enabling services to respond effectively and flexibly to presenting needs and prevent exclusion.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Public Health England
Date:July 2017
Pages:66 p.
Publisher:Public Health England
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:G Health and disease > Substance related disorder > Dual diagnosis (comorbidity)
G Health and disease > Substance related disorder > Substance related mental disorder
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem > Mental health care
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care delivery
T Demographic characteristics > Substance or health care worker
T Demographic characteristics > Doctor
T Demographic characteristics > Nurse
T Demographic characteristics > Social worker
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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