Treating Co-Occurring Opioid Use Disorder in Mental Health Settings
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Expires on Sep 23, 2024
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

Psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, clinicians, counselors, peers, and other staff who work in mental health settings are in an optimal position to treat co-occurring opioid use and mental health disorders. People with mood and anxiety disorders are twice as likely to use opioid medications as people without mental health problems and are more than three times as likely to use them nonmedically. Clients with co-occurring disorders are far more likely to receive mental health care than substance use treatment. Substantial evidence documents the impact of untreated opioid use disorder (OUD) on clients’ mental health, functioning, and quality of life. This webinar will review the principles of identifying and treating OUD for clients served by within mental health settings specifically including the use of medications for opioid use disorder. The presenter will also review the treatment planning, documentation, privacy regulation, and billing implications. 


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity with post-test.

This presentation was recorded on September 16, 2021.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the screening and diagnostic assessment tools used to diagnose opioid use disorder among clients served by mental health settings.   
  • Compare and contrast the three medications FDA-approved for the indication of opioid use disorder and discuss the feasibility of using these medications within mental health settings.   
  • Implement a process for integrating medications for opioid use disorder services in a mental health program. 

Target Audience

Counselor, Pharmacist, Psychiatrist, Physician (Non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant 

Instructional Level


Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: September 23, 2021 
Program End Date: September 23, 2024

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned.  

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

All financial relationships relevant to this activity have been mitigated.


  • Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM is an addiction physician and Director of Addiction Medicine for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He is a co-investigator on a number of projects at the RAND Corporation addressing the delivery of pharmacotherapy for alcohol and opioid use disorder in community settings. He is also a senior researcher at the Friends Research Institute and is a primary investigator on a Tobacco Related Disease Prevention Program-funded project integrating smoking cessation services into community mental health centers and patient-centered medical homes, and is the lead on the Sierra Health Foundation’s MAT Access Point project with LA County’s Department of Health Services. He is currently the President-Elect of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is the Clinical Director of the Addiction Treatment Starts Here in Primary Care program through the Center for Clinical Innovation, focused on increasing the delivery of Medications for Addiction Treatment in California’s community health centers. He is a Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor of Addiction Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and serves on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s Addiction Psychiatry examination writing committee. Dr. Hurley reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 


  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

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Technical Requirements

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  • Internet Explorer 11+

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  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
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  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

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  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
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Funding for SMI Adviser was made possible by Grant No. SM080818 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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