Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Treatment Considerations for Individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) [Columbus, OH]

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This training event is part of the AOD treatment series presented by our Center. The event takes place in 4 different regions on 4 different dates:
  • November 30, 2017 / Maumee (Toledo), Ohio
  • February 22, 2018 (Mentor, Ohio)
  • May 8, 2018 (Columbus, Ohio)
  • June 6, 2018 (Fairfield, Ohio)

Please Note:

  • Ohio providers: $0, Free for ACT & IDDT team members; $50 for others
  • Non-Ohio ACT & IDDT providers: $125
  • Our registration system will ask you to identify your ACT or IDDT status.
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Key Words

  • Severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI)
  • Addiction to alcohol and other drugs (AOD)
  • Substance use disorders
  • Co-occurring disorders (COD)
  • Addiction services
  • Mental health services
  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
  • Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)

The field of addiction services continues to enhance and advance the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver effective interventions for people in need of services that promote and support recovery. Included in these advancements is an increased understanding of dynamics that are unique to particular cross-sections of the treatment population—dynamics essential to master in order to have the greatest possible impact on positive client outcomes. For instance, the treatment technology associated with best results among individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and addiction to alcohol and other drugs (co-occurring disorders) has been understood and articulated for several decades. However, service providers in many treatment settings have a persistent misunderstanding of the needs of this population and the nuances of service delivery. 

This training event will highlight 10 considerations that are essential for programs that are providing treatment to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and the role of those considerations in service delivery. This event is especially valuable for Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams and other programs that target services to individuals with SPMI (i.e., those on the severe end of the mental-health symptom continuum).

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the conceptual framework associated with the Quadrant Model of Co-Occurring Disorders (COD)
  • Describe 10 unique considerations for AOD treatment with individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI)
  • Recognize necessary modifications to "treatment as usual" that are essential to effective work with individuals who have SPMI


Ric Kruszynski, MSSA, LISW, LICDC


 Professional disciplines

  • Mental-health services
  • Addiction services
  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • Residential
  • Housing
  • Primary healthcare
  • Psychiatry
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Criminal justice
  • Vocational rehabilitation

Service models and strategies

Individuals and service teams from organizations implementing the following practices and service strategies are also encouraged to attend:

  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
  • Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)
  • Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT)
  • Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT)
  • Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare (IPBH)
  • Housing Services
  • Trauma-Informed Care


Ric Kruszynski, MSSA, LISW, LICDC, is director of consulting and training for substance abuse and mental illness (SAMI) initiatives at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University and its Ohio SAMI Coordinating Center of Excellence, which disseminates several service strategies and models. In his role with the Center, Mr. Kruszynski leads a team of consultants and trainers and provides technical assistance (program consultation, clinical consultation, and training) to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the state's county boards of mental-health and substance-abuse services, and numerous community-based service organizations.

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May 8, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

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May 1, 2018 (11:59 PM) EST
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