New User-friendly of Evidence-based Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) and Companion Materials Now Available from Hazelden

New User-friendly of Evidence-based Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) and Companion Materials Now Available from Hazelden










Center City, MN (PRWEB) August 23, 2011

As many as half of all people who arrive at mental health clinics or addiction treatment facilities have co-occurring disorders, requiring effective, integrated care as outlined in IDDT. Recognizing the need for comprehensive research and information about dual diagnosis and IDDT treatment in a format that guides professionals in implemented integrated treatment practices, the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and Hazelden have redesigned the acclaimed Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) and Hazelden is now offering the program, one component of the larger Severe Mental Illness (SMI) product line– on its website.

Far surpassing its predecessor in ease of implementation and ongoing usability in clinical settings, this updated and expanded IDDT curriculum is redesigned not only to more effectively teach clinical skills and provide practitioners with resources and tools for their practice, but to offer the guidance necessary to align the work of departments and transform agencies into integrated treatment providers.

Identified as an evidence-based practice (EBP) by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, IDDT calls for mental health and substance abuse treatment to be delivered at the same place, at the same time, and with the same treatment team. As funding for behavioral health treatment becomes scarce, only the most clinically- and cost-effective interventions and evidence-based practices will pass muster with mental-health authorities and policy makers. But while EBPs have been shown to produce better clinical outcomes, they are also perceived to be more expensive services.

A groundbreaking study of behavior healthcare claims data in Ohio found just the opposite was true – Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment actually helped save $ 1.4 million in service costs for a group of 160 people with severe mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders.

Hazelden and the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center (PRC) have also created a Recovery Life Skills Program that is designed to work hand in hand with the new and improved IDDT program.

Developed by Lindy Fox, MA, LADC of the PRC, the Recovery Life Skills Program also utilizes evidence-based protocols. The Program has been research tested at eight pilot sites by Dartmouth researchers, and the easy-to-implement curriculum includes a facilitator’s guide with step-by-step session instructions and reproducible client handouts–everything needed for rapid integration, and to revise existing programs into those found in dual diagnosis treatment centers.

Hazelden offers a comprehensive collection of professional resources for the integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders, including the evidence-based Co-occurring Disorders Program (CDP) and the SMI product line In addition to the IDDT and Recovery Life Skills materials, Hazelden’s SMI line includes Housing First Collection advocates providing housing first, then supportive treatment services. The program materials offer guidance, tools and tips to evolve existing programs into the Housing First model, and for implementation within the community.

Rounding out Hazelden’s educational offerings for addiction and mental health practitioners is Supported Employment, Individual Placement and Support (IPS), training materials and curricula to help clients compete in the workforce. Studies have shown that participants in an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program are three times more likely to work in regular, competitive jobs than those in other vocational programs. The evidence-based practices in Supported Employment offers knowledge and tools born from the IPS model to help clients with mental health disorders obtain jobs with competitive wages based on their field of interest.

Hazelden is a private, not-for-profit organization, Hazelden helps people transform their lives by providing the best addiction treatment and recovery services as well as education, research, and publishing products available today.

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