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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (2019) Coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse. London: NICE.

External website: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/qs188


This quality standard covers the assessment, management and care provided for people aged 14 and over who have coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. 

Quality statements:

Statement 1 People aged 14 and over with suspected or confirmed severe mental illness are asked about their use of alcohol and drugs.

Statement 2 People aged 14 and over are not excluded from mental health services because of coexisting substance misuse or from substance misuse services because of coexisting severe mental illness.

Statement 3 People aged 14 and over with coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse have a care coordinator working in mental health services when they are identified as needing treatment from secondary care mental health services.

Statement 4 People aged 14 and over with coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse are followed up if they miss any appointment.

 

NICE has developed guidance and a quality standard on service user experience in adult mental health services (see the NICE Pathway on service user experience in adult mental health services) which should be considered alongside these quality statements.

Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Treatment method, Harm reduction, Psychosocial treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery
Source
Date
August 2019
Publisher
NICE
Corporate Creators
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Place of Publication
London
Number
Quality standard QS188
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