Better care for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug use conditions
Public Health England has published new national guidance on 'Better care for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug use conditions'. The guidance is aimed at commissioners and providers of mental health and alcohol and drug treatment services. It also has relevance for all support services that have contact with people with co-occurring conditions. 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.
The new guidance 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 also represents an action from the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat national action plan.
We want to encourage 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.