The co-occurring disorders multi-agency staff education workshops have improved staff competencies in working with persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The staff is multidisciplinary, representing addictions, mental health, corrections, and primary care agencies in Winnipeg. Since the implementation of the workshops, over 500 staff comprising the majority of employees in all mental health and addictions services in the City of Winnipeg have received common training in co-occurring disorders. Front-line clinicians are now aware of a broader range of services available to their clients and report making more appropriate referrals and consulting more often. The number of complex cases being referred to the CODI leadership group for problem-solving interventions has been reduced as there is more and improved communication at the direct service levels. In conjunction with other activities such as policy and practice guideline development, services have been modified for individuals and families with co-occurring disorders.
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