Addressing Co-occurring Disorders in Nursing Facilities

October 11, 2023

2 - 3 p.m. EST

ACCME credits will be offered.

Substance use disorders and mental illness overlap at the rate of 50-70%. Compared to individuals with a single diagnosis, those with co-occurring disorders experience more instances of hospitalizations, suicide attempts, actual suicides and relapse. Topics covered in this presentation include the definition of a co-occurring disorder; how substance use disorders and mental illness interact; person-centered recovery; integrated co-occurring disorders treatment; stage-based interventions; and how to support residents with co-occurring disorders.

Learning Objectives:
1. Define co-occurring disorders.
2. Articulate seven (7) ways substance use disorders and mental illness interact with each other for residents with co-occurring disorders.
3. Explain the differences between three (3) types of co-occurring disorders treatment.
4. Be able to provide services and make referrals based upon a resident’s level of readiness to change
5. Provide support for residents with co-occurring disorders.

Speaker: Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

the center of excellence for behavioral health in nursing facilities (COE-NF)

Established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the COE-NF offers Certified Medicare and Medicaid Nursing Facility Staff a centralized resource hub with easy access to trainings, technical assistance and additional resources, at no cost.

What We Do

We help nursing facilities to improve the quality of life and care provided for residents who are experiencing a variety of behavioral health disorders, with a focus on Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorders (COD).

Who We Help

We provide direct technical assistance, evidence-based training, and resources that are appropriate for every member of your long-term care facility — from those providing day-to-day direct care, to clinical and administrative staff.