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Training Intervention Strategies

Cooperative Project Strategies

Examples of exchange or cooperative projects strategies that have been successfully used include: 

(1) Substance abuse and mental health services agencies trade key staff members that “shadow” each other for a brief period of time to understand each other’s work and better integrate services for clients with co-occurring disorders.
(2) Service agencies form a task force to identify areas in which coordination could be approved or to develop a strategic plan to address a shared problem (such as employment for clients with mental disabilities).
(3) Agencies send key leaders to the same leadership training program where they develop working relationships and enhance leadership skills.
(4) Mental health and substance abuse program staff members form a quality improvement team to ensure that screening and referrals are working well, so that clients with co-occurring disorders are identified and referred for coordinated treatment.

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