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Division of Behavioral Health Services

Arizona Integrated Treatment Consensus Panel

The Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services was successful in obtaining grant resources to convene and support community forums of mental health and substance abuse providers to directly discuss and confront the philosophical and service system barriers that preclude developing a community integrated treatment system for persons with co-occurring disorders. The project was implemented in October 1998 and its first phase concluded in December 1999.

An additional implementation grant was awarded in January of 2001 to provide continued support and training to develop a community integrated treatment system.

Now in the third year, the project includes models for provider/network subcontracting to improve service delivery and standard of care guidelines addressing such areas of use of psychotropic medications (including methadone), goals of substance abuse treatment for psychiatric clients, use of supportive case management, and the role of relapse prevention and recovery supports in psychiatric populations. Bureau staff assisted in the development of comprehensive guidelines for engaging and serving persons with co-occurring disorders of serious mental illness and substance abuse.  Selected staff also participated in the statewide training on Motivational Interview that was made available via video conferencing from January to May 2001. Bureau staff is actively involved in directly facilitating the statewide Consumer Advisory Board and Local Advisory Panels on Co-Occurring Disorders.

The Consensus Panel project was awarded the Arizona Governor's Award for Excellence, the highest commendation in Arizona state government, in December 2000.

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