Mental Health

The Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Initiative (CODI) helps individuals who have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The project is jointly sponsored by the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM), five Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) and Manitoba Health.

Individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders have been identified as a distinct group with special service needs. There is evidence that they represent a significant proportion of clients that appear in both mental health and addiction service settings. The presence of this group in both systems should therefore be treated as an expectation, rather than an exception and should be addressed accordingly. It is widely acknowledged however, that neither the mental health system nor the substance abuse system has been organized to address the special service needs of this group. These individuals often tend to fall through the cracks, resulting in an over-utilization of resources in primary health care, criminal justice, and child protection, as well as women’s and homeless shelter systems.

The provincial Co-occurring Disorders Initiative is a long-term system change process. However, several changes are already evident in the way we are doing business in most parts of the system. Services policies and practices are being revised across participating mental health and addiction service programs. Across the system, clients are now being screened and assessed for co-occurring disorders and integrated treatment plans are being developed for clients with co-occurring disorders.



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