This book describes a simple, evidence-based, yet revolutionary design of the modern behavioral health clinic that fully integrates addiction and mental health diagnoses. This design, called the 2 x 4 model, will eliminate the silos that now pervasively exist between mental health and addiction treatment and expertise in the US. It can serve as a new backbone for a modernized behavioral healthcare system and holds considerable potential in facilitating a woefully needed renaissance in behavioral health in the US.
- Has the potential to invoke and influence a paradigm shift in behavioral health treatment, professional training and clinical care in the US
- Outlines a plan for how all elements should be integrated and delivered in the execution of team-based clinical care led by addiction psychiatrists
- Defines for insurance companies and criminal justice referral centers the types of systems that offer the best standards of care for behavioral health treatment
- Develops a novel framework in which to conceptualize and treat dual diagnoses that could significantly advance the care of a large number of individuals
Table of Contents
Introduction of the 2 x 4 Model. Epidemiological, clinical and basic neuroscience foundation of the 2 x 4 model. The Illness dimension: Integrating equal focus on both Mental Illness and Addictions. The TreatmentDimension: Integrating Diagnostic tools, psychotherapies, Medications and Professional Communications. Diagnostics. Psychotherapeutics. Medications. Professional Communications. Professional Team Composition.Infrastructure. Research, Professional Training and Outcome Tracking. 2 x 4 Model Fidelity. 2 x 4 Model Implementation locally and nationwide.
Dr. Chambers' work in the Laboratory for Translational Neuroscience of Dual Diagnosis & Development focuses on exploring causal mechanisms in the brain responsible for extremely high rates of addictions co-morbidity in mental illness. Because both addictions and mental illnesses are in large part neurodevelopmental disorders in which adolescence is a critical transition phase, his group is also interested in how the adolescent brain re-wires normally, or abnormally, in mental illnesses as intertwined with the early stages of drug addictions.