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Mil Med. 2012 Sep;177(9):1049-57.

Substance abuse counselor and client reports of mental health screening and enhanced practices.

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  • 1Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology Department, Naval Health Research Center, 140 Sylvester Road, San Diego, CA 92106-3521, USA.



The objective of this study was to examine mental health screening practices and attitudes from both counselor and client perspectives in the U.S. Marine Corps substance abuse program.


This study examined mental health screening practices and attitudes of 23 substance abuse counselors and 442 clients from six Marine Corps substance abuse counseling centers.


After receiving training on screening and enhanced counseling practices, 76% of counselors reported that they almost always screened their clients for post-traumatic stress symptoms. Seventy-three percent of clients agreed that substance abuse counselors should ask about their clients' stress concerns.


Overall, implementing screening for common mental disorders was feasible in this setting. Counselors may need further support to increase collaboration with mental health professionals and adapt treatment plans to address co-occurring mental health conditions.

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