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J Case Manag. 1995 Spring;4(1):22-8.

A case management program for chemically dependent clients with multiple needs.


As part of a 3-year federal demonstration project, San Francisco health clinics provided case management services to chemically dependent individuals who were low-income and often homeless. Many of those participating in the project had also been diagnosed with HIV infection and/or mental illness. The intent of the demonstration project was to use case management as a mechanism for strengthening the linkages between substance abuse treatment and primary care systems. Case management was adopted as the catalyst for increased communication between medical personnel and other service providers to develop a more comprehensive approach to responding to the myriad of client needs. A specially designed management information system (MIS) was developed to help document client information and case management activities, as well as provide a tickler system to improve client continuity. This report integrates both qualitative and quantitative findings to provide a context for understanding case management activities, client problems and successes, and the systemic problems facing clients and case managers in linking primary care, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services.

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