Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) treats mental health issues and substance use

Trouble teens - mental health and substance abuse are linked.FSGC and the University of Kansas have launched the nation’s only innovative Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment program to treat substance use and mental health issues at the same time in children and teens.

Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) is a strengths-based model of treatment for clients with substance use issues and mental illness. The service is cutting edge in that while it has never been administered to children and teens. IDDT has been used successfully with adults for several years, and FSGC and KU are working together to adapt the program for young clients ages 12-18.

Numerous studies indicate that the best way to treat mental illness and substance use is to treat them simultaneously rather than separately. In IDDT, both issues are treated by the same clinical team rather than separate providers, as well.

“We have a unique opportunity to do something really special for the population we serve that no one else in the country is doing,” Brandon Fiagle, LMSW, IDDT Team Leader, said. “To be a part of helping young people achieve total wellness is very exciting to me, along with working with a team of professionals that are enthusiastic about doing the same.”

A two-year implementation process began in July. KU staff will provide group supervision on a weekly basis to ensure that the program is moving in the right direction. Reviews will be conducted by KU every six months to make sure that FSGC is administering the program correctly. FSGC and KU worked together previously to launch the Transitions to Adulthood Program for transition-aged youth 16-22.

Evanson-Lass said, “FSGC staff have had such a great experience learning from KU and working in collaboration with them to improve the services we deliver to our clients. It’s tremendously exciting to be a part of this collaborative process with IDDT to help our kids.”