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Care pathway:- In the UK, what is the optimal care pathway for young people and adults with coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse?

Any explanatory notes
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Why this is important:- There is a lack of published evidence on care pathways on treatment, management and follow-up of people with coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse. In the UK, service configurations, treatment philosophies and funding streams act as barriers to providing coordinated care. Separate mental health and substance misuse services are usually provided by different organisations, have different organisational and managerial structures, and staff within each service often lack the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with people from another organisation.
A review of what has worked or not in areas that have implemented changes to practice will help services develop optimal care pathways.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse: community health and social care services
Date issued
November 2016

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 30/11/2016