TNCODC

Co-Occurring Disorder Facts

Families

An estimated 60% of families of children in the child welfare system have substance use problems. At least one-half of those have a diagnosed co-occurring mental illness.

Communities

At least 50% of people who are homeless have co-occurring disorders. Left untreated, they have little chance at obtaining jobs and permanent housing.

Judicial and Criminal Justice Systems

In the criminal justice system, 76% of inmates with mental health issues reported substance use.

Suicide Fact

51% of suicide completers have both substance abuse and mood disorders (Suominen et al., 1996)

The Business and Workforce Perspective

It is estimated that over 10 million people across the United States are struggling with co-occurring disorders. Many of these people do not access treatment services, and when they do, the treatment is often not "integrated" or delivered in a way that best meets their need.
 
Based on national prevalence data it is estimated that in Tennessee approximately 196,000 individuals are diagnosed with a co-occurring disorders.
 

A Business and Workforce Perspective 

  • Mental illness and substance abuse drains over $100 billion from American businesses. More workers are absent due to the effects of stress and anxiety than physical illness or accidents.
  • Depression, the single most common mental disorder, costs employers over $40 billion per year in lost productivity.
  • Substance abuse issues cost employers over $120 billion per year in lost productivity.
  • At least 50% of people who are homeless have co-occurring disorders. Left untreated, they have little chance at obtaining jobs and permanent housing.

Ways you can contribute to initiating change to reduce the impact of co-occurring disorders.

Support Enhanced Treatment

  • Be an advocate by encouraging your public policy-makers to support a "no wrong door" community-based integrated treatment approach where the presence of co-occurring disorders is considered an expectation rather than an exception. Regardless of where an individual goes for treatment, they will be able to get the help they need.


Effective Behavioral Healthcare Treatment Options

  • Be an advocate by encouraging your public policy-makers to pass laws which focus on a variety of treatment options including, but not limited to, inpatient and outpatient care, supportive housing, and peer-to-peer support as these treatment techniques provide the best possible opportunity for recovery.
  • Initiate conversations and efforts that provide your local community the resources to manage these diseases and the support to maintain life-long recovery.


Advocate for and Initiate Awareness and Education

  • Partner with local community-based behavioral health agencies and advocacy organizations in educating and bringing about awareness of co-occurring disorders and their impact on individuals, families, and communities by providing routine training programs for employees.
  • Offer Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and access to effective treatment programs for employees and their families experiencing co-occurring disorders.
  • Be an advocate for incentives for employers who offer Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and access to effective treatment programs.
  • Be an advocate for enhanced training and education for judicial and criminal justice personnel and developing an awareness of the needs of individuals experiencing co-occurring disorders.