Studies of integrated treatment for people with dual diagnoses of severe mental illness and chemical abuse or dependence indicate that outcomes for those who receive integrated services are generally not better than for those who receive traditional services. In an effort to improve services for people with dual diagnoses, the researchers have conducted interviews with people who have dual diagnoses, family members of people with dual diagnoses, and professionals who provide services to people with dual diagnoses. Participants were asked about their views on the services that are most helpful, to identify services which may have limited utility, and to provide ideas about how services might be improved. The information is being analyzed to determine what might be helpful in modifying services or developing new services to better meet the needs of clients with dual diagnoses and their families.
Cullen Trust Centennial Professorship in Alcohol Studies and Education