The Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders Inservice Training manual is based on Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 42, Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders. Provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, TIPs are best-practice guidelines for the treatment of substance use disorders.
The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) draws on the experience and knowledge of clinical, research, and administrative experts to produce the TIPs. CSAT works with the State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors to generate topics based on the field’s current need for information and guidance.
After selecting a topic, CSAT invites staff from Federal agencies and national organizations to a Resource Panel that recommends specific areas of focus as well as resources for developing the TIP content. These recommendations are communicated to a Consensus Panel composed of experts on the topic who have been nominated by their peers. This Panel participates in a series of discussions; the information and recommendations on which they reach consensus form the foundation of the TIP. A Panel Chair (or Co-Chairs) ensures that the guidelines mirror the results of the group’s collaboration.
While each TIP strives to include an evidence base for the practices it recommends, CSAT recognizes that the field of substance abuse treatment is evolving and research frequently lags behind the innovations pioneered in the field. A major goal of each TIP is to convey “front-line” information quickly but responsibly. For this reason, recommendations in the TIP are attributed to either Panelists’ clinical experience or the literature.
To facilitate the transfer of science to service, the Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders Inservice Training manual provides a structure for introducing addiction counselors and other practitioners to the state-of-the-art information on the rapidly advancing field of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders provided in TIP 42.