This Evidence Check summarises key components in developing a strategic, coordinated and efficient approach to the clinical management of comorbid mental illness and substance use. The review makes recommendations at service, treatment, referral, workforce and education levels. As a core minimum, the review suggests that mental health services should conduct universal screening and undertake a thorough risk assessment. They should provide supportive therapies, prevention and psycho-education regarding substance use and involve alcohol and other drug services and GPs as appropriate.


Deady M, Barrett EL, Mills KL et al.

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