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Implementing Treatments for Youth with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Opportunities and Challenges

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This is part of a national training series on the latest innovations in child and adolescent clinical services and supports. We’re proud to showcase this particular session that includes a presentation by Zoe Barnard, CMHB Bureau Chief and Kim Gardner, Clinical Supervisor at Intermountain in Helena.

The moderators/presenters are from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio; Montana; Michigan; and Illinois.

The Moderators, Patrick Kanary and Richard Shepler, start this webinar with a nuts and bolts overview of what it takes to successfully implement an evidenced based practice. They take the science of implementation and translate it into clear, practical steps. This discussion could be helpful when brainstorming whether an EBP would be suitable for your practice and your population of focus; it becomes a checklist of factors to guide the brainstorming session. It could also be useful in structuring a strong response to proposals that fund the use of evidenced based practices; it provides the factors to be addressed in the response. The discussion also includes specific factors related to treating and funding services for adolescents with co-occurring disorders, particularly Integrated Co-occurring Treatment (ICT).

The next presenters are our Montana colleagues who discuss the early experience with implementing Integrated Co-occurring Treatment (ICT) at two pilot sites, Western MT Addiction Services, Inc. in Missoula and Lake County and Intermountain in Helena. The discussion touches on the importance of relationships at the state and local level to support implementation; the lessons learned from implementing ICT; the current workforce shortage of dually licensed clinicians to deliver integrated treatment, the challenges to attaining dual licensure in Montana and the hiring challenges for agencies, and the desirable characteristics of a dually licensed clinician for this home-based model.

Michigan and Illinois discuss their longer-term use of ICT and sustaining the model. Topics include: what changes you can expect in adolescents; challenges with staff retention; importance of ongoing workforce development -- training and coaching – to support fidelity; maintaining referral sources; tips for sustaining ICT including collaborative funding, use of comprehensive outcome data, and family and youth to champion the model.

We hope you enjoy listening to this presentation.

For more information about the MT Co-occurring Capacity Building Project, please contact Joclynn Ware, Grant Manager @ (406) 444-5979; or Laura Taffs, Project Director @ (406) 444-3814;