CIN Connections, Fall 2018: Integrating Primary Care and Substance Use Disorder Treatment


Sandra Newman, LSN Health Strategy

October 18, 2018

Ensuring that Californians have timely access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment that is appropriately linked to their physical health care represents a huge challenge and opportunity for health leaders, providers, and care teams throughout the state. This issue of CIN Connections features actionable information to better integrate primary care and SUD treatment:

  • Strategies for lowering costs while addressing substance use disorder head-on
  • Recommendations for treating SUD as a chronic disease
  • Lessons on creating a true continuum of care for behavioral health
  • Tips and tools for addressing behavioral health workforce challenges
  • Opportunities for learning and action

“Language matters. A person struggling with addiction or a SUD is not an ‘addict,’ ‘drug abuser,’ or ‘user.’ Drug tests should not result in ‘clean’ and ‘dirty.'”

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