100995: Serious Mental Illness and Its Co-Occurrence with Substance Use Disorders, 2002

About the Course:

This course is based on a report that presents estimates of the prevalence and treatment of serious mental illness(SMI) and of co-occurring disorders in adults ages 18 and above. The data presented are from the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Several major research questions are addressed in this report pertaining to the seriously mentally ill and substance abusers with serious mental illnesses. Socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of the adults studies are also examined at some length in this course.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Publication Date:

June 2004


Epstein, Joan, et al.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about serious mental illness and its co-occurrence with substance abuse disorders. It is appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify major areas of research explored in the course report.

  2. Describe methods used to collect data and the limitations inherent in those methods.

  3. Define serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders, and analyze data presented regarding their characteristics and prevalence.

  4. Apply treatment information presented to further research and /or clinical work with patients.

  5. Become familiar with the limitations of and the statistical methods used to compile the data presented.

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