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Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment and Vocational Services

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 38


Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); .
Report No.: (SMA) 12-4216

This TIP, Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment and Vocational Services, presents a fundamental rethinking of the importance of integrating vocational services into substance abuse treatment planning. The goal of this TIP is to show how employment can play a key role in recovery from substance abuse disorders. In the wake of legislative reforms and limited resources, the TIP discusses establishing a referral relationship with other agencies to better meet client needs. Not only will clients receive services in areas outside the alcohol and drug counselor's area of expertise, but active referrals may help the client stay in treatment, and agencies can also share resources and funding to provide services more efficiently. Policy and funding issues also are discussed, as are legal issues.


Revised 2002, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2014

This publication is part of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant technical assistance program. This publication was written under contract number 270-95-0013 with The CDM Group, Inc. (CDM). Sandra Clunies, MS, ICADC, served as the CSAT government project officer. Rose M Urban, LCSW, JD, CCAS, served as the CDM TIPs project director. Other CDM TIPs personnel included Raquel Ingraham, MS, project manager; Jonathan Max Gilbert, MA, former managing editor; Susan Kimner, editor; and Cara Smith, former production editor. Special thanks go to consultant John J Benshoff, CRC, PhD, for his considerable contribution to this document. Special thanks also go to Vivian Brown, PhD, and Margaret K. Brooks, Esq., for their valuable contributions to Chapter 8.

Suggested citation:

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment and Vocational Services. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 38. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4216. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2000.

The opinions expressed herein are the views of the Consensus Panel members and do not reflect the official position of CSAT, SAMHSA, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). No official support or endorsement of CSAT, SAMHSA, or DHHS for these opinions or for particular instruments or software that may be described in this document is intended or should be inferred. The guidelines proffered in this document should not be considered as substitutes for individualized client care and treatment decisions.

Bookshelf ID: NBK64287PMID: 22514844


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