the “Co-existence of both Mental Health and Substance Misuse Problems for an individual” (Mac Gabhann et al. 2004).
A key strategic priority for FAST is to develop recovery focused integrated care pathways to better meet the needs of clients presenting with dual diagnosis (Mc Crann, 2017). FAST advocate for people with mental health and addiction issues to access the appropriate treatment when they initially present. ‘To put it in the simplest terms, if someone has multiple problems you make treatment more difficult by treating each problem in isolation’ (Fr Peter McVerry). Numerous FAST clients would benefit from a Dual Diagnosis service, facilitating clients to be assessed and treated simultaneously in one location. This research embedded in partnerships will strengthen our knowledge base, inform our collation of data and local trends, reinforce our advocacy and case-making capability and will assist us in our endeavours to influence national policy.
Dublin City University has been commissioned to undertake community research into dual diagnosis. A community research steering group comprising a range of stakeholders across the community, representative of service users, family members and service providers are working with DCU to oversee the research process.
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