Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders: A Brief Overview

June 27, 2024

2 - 2:30 pm ET


Attendees can participate at any time in the series.

This presentation focuses on the unique challenges and considerations associated with co-occurring disorders in nursing facility residents. It explores the intersection of mental health disorders and substance use issues.

Learning objectives:

  1. Define substance use misuse, use, and co-occurring disorders.
  2. Explore prevalence and trends in co-occurring disorders among nursing facility residents.
  3. Understand risk factors and common presentations of co-occurring disorders in nursing facility residents.


Emely Santiago Sosa, LMSW, MPH

Project Director and Regional Coordinator

Opioid Response Network (ORN) and Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Center (NeC-ROTAC) HHS Region 2

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.