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News item Rummaging around for dual diagnosis in the new mental health taskforce Government health policies and announcements matter as they not only set funding priorities they also say a lot about which issues are considered to be important. The latest five year strategy for mental health has just been published by the UK Government (NHS England, 2016). A taskforce was established in 2015 to produce this strategy. The members of this group were drawn from a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations. It is encouraging that feedback from 20,000 service users and carers helped inform the final report. Where does dual diagnosis feature? So how much attention is given to the issue of co-occurring mental health and substance use problems in this strategy? Oddly very little, of the 81 pages the document mentions the relationship between mental health and substance in just one of its 58 recommendations. Recommendation 4: “The Cabinet Office should ensure that the new Life Chances Fund of up to £30 million for outcome-based interventions to tackle alcoholism through proven approaches requires local areas to demonstrate how they will integrate assessment, care and support for people with co-morbid substance misuse and mental health problems. It should be http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Dual Diagnosis Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1757-0972
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10.1108/ADD-02-2016-0003
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Abstract

Rummaging around for dual diagnosis in the new mental health taskforce Government health policies and announcements matter as they not only set funding priorities they also say a lot about which issues are considered to be important. The latest five year strategy for mental health has just been published by the UK Government (NHS England, 2016). A taskforce was established in 2015 to produce this strategy. The members of this group were drawn from a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations. It is encouraging that feedback from 20,000 service users and carers helped inform the final report. Where does dual diagnosis feature? So how much attention is given to the issue of co-occurring mental health and substance use problems in this strategy? Oddly very little, of the 81 pages the document mentions the relationship between mental health and substance in just one of its 58 recommendations. Recommendation 4: “The Cabinet Office should ensure that the new Life Chances Fund of up to £30 million for outcome-based interventions to tackle alcoholism through proven approaches requires local areas to demonstrate how they will integrate assessment, care and support for people with co-morbid substance misuse and mental health problems. It should be

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Advances in Dual DiagnosisEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 21, 2016

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