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What We Know and What We Want to Know Regarding Co-Occurring Disorders (COD): A Conversation for Figuring out Real Needs
Collaborating TTC: Pacific Southwest MHTTC
May 9, 2019

Are you in a position to guide policies and practice for treatment of Co-occurring Disorders (COD)? Do you have questions or ideas about how to achieve this effectively? Watch this interactive, guided discussion intended for director or leadership level staff at mental health service agencies in the Pacific Southwest.

The purpose of this peer learning forum is to build collective awareness regarding the region's needs and opportunities related to effectively identifying and addressing COD. This forum is part of a COD learning series offered through the PS MHTTC.


Please join our discussion leader, Dr. Heather Gotham of Stanford University School of Medicine's MHTTC Network Coordinating Office, as she engages participants on the following aspects of our work:

  • What's the problem we're trying to address? What's the impetus for building capacity?
    • Patients are struggling in treatment
    • Patients have difficulty access services across systems
  • What needs to be different?
    • Practices
    • Policies
    • Research
  • What training and technical assistance would be helpful to achieve that change?
    • Resources
    • Training
    • Advocacy



Heather J. Gotham, PhD, is the Director of the SAMHSA-funded Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network Coordinating Office, and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Gotham's research focuses on implementation of evidence-based substance use and mental health treatments for adolescents and adults, including treatment fidelity for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. She provides technical assistance to states and treatment agencies on implementing evidence-based practices and assessments. Dr. Gotham assisted in the development of the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT) index with Mark McGovern, and led the development of the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT) index. She co-authored practice guidelines for co-occurring disorders treatment in the State of Missouri, and led the evaluation for Missouri's COSIG (Co-occurring State Infrastructure Grant) grant as well as another foundation-funded multi-site co-occurring disorders initiative.