Finding a program that accepts individuals who are dually diagnosed and, more importantly, is able to meet their needs, can be a challenge. Additionally, questions about payment need to be addressed up front.
Resources that can be helpful when hunting down a program include:
• Infoline.While not available everywhere, this 211 service can be helpful in locating a variety of mental health and substance abuse treatment options.
• The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This government organization maintains a treatment finder on their website. Basic information about programs in your area, such as what insurance is accepted, is included. http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov
• Crisis centers.
• State and community mental health and substance abuse agencies.
• Health plans. Most insurers will maintain lists of programs that are “in network” or are covered. Be aware, though, that these lists are not always kept current, and they might not explicitly state which programs are able to work with people who have both substance and mental health issues. In general, it’s best to call the program and ask if they are geared toward people who have both bipolar disorder and substance abuse/dependence issues.