Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings, 2nd edition

This document aims to provide alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers with up-to-date, evidence-based information on the management of comorbid mental health conditions in AOD treatment settings.

Page last updated: 09 January 2017

Summary of document

  • Developed by the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of New South Wales, these guidelines represent an updated and revised version of the first edition Comorbidity Guidelines published in 2009.
  • The Guidelines are not a policy directive and are not intended to replace or take precedence over local policies and procedures.
  • The Guidelines should be used in conjunction with existing guidelines and discipline-specific practice standards.
  • The Guidelines do not provide formal recommendations, but rather guidance for AOD workers when working with clients who have comorbid mental health and AOD conditions.
  • The Guidelines are based on the best available evidence and draw upon the experience and knowledge of clinicians, researchers, consumers, and carers.
  • This project was funded by the Department of Health under the Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund.

Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings, 2nd edition

Important note

If you received a hardcopy of the 2nd edition of the Guidelines before 30 September 2016, please note that there is an error on page 245. Please replace page 245 in your hardcopy of the Guidelines.



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