The interaction of co-occurring mental disorders and recovery management checkups on substance abuse treatment participation and recovery

Eval Rev. 2008 Feb;32(1):7-38. doi: 10.1177/0193841X07307532.


This article examines the effectiveness of quarterly Recovery Management Checkups (RMCs) for people with substance disorders by level of co-occurring mental disorders (34% none, 27% internalizing disorders, and 39% internalizing and externalizing) across two randomized experiments with 92% to 97% follow-up. The 865 participants are 82% African American, 53% female, and age 37 on average. RMC involves identification of those in need of treatment, motivational interviews, and treatment linkage assistance. It is effective in linking participants in need to treatment, with equal or better outcomes among those with more mental disorders. The data support the utility of monitoring and re-intervention for clients with co-occurring disorders.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chicago / epidemiology
  • Comorbidity
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers / statistics & numerical data*
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / therapy