Bio


Dr. Mark McGovern is a Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. His research program is based in the Division of Public Mental Health and Population Sciences, and he practices clinically at the Stanford Department of Psychiatry Clinic. His primary research focus is implementation science, with a specific emphasis on integrated behavioral health services for persons with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders, as they present in both primary care and specialty settings. Dr. McGovern has received a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) career development award and NIDA and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) grant funding to translate evidence-based therapies for complex patients into routine clinical settings. He has also received awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the US Department of Health & Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to advance a series of organizational measures of integrated service capacity. These measures, the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT), Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT) and Behavioral Health Integration in Medical Care (BHIMC), have been widely adopted and are being used to implement evidence-based treatments in community settings and systems throughout the United States and globally. Dr. McGovern has been actively involved in the education of medical students, psychiatric residents and fellows, and clinical psychology interns at Stanford, and previously at the medical schools at Dartmouth (Lebanon, New Hampshire) and Northwestern University (Chicago, Illinois). From 2009 to 2017, he served as the Editor-In-Chief for the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (JSAT), the leading scientific journal dedicated to addiction treatment services and implementation research. Dr. McGovern is on the Core Faculty of the National Institute for Mental Health Implementation Research Institute and mentor to NIDA Fellows. He also serves on the NIDA Scientific Review Committee for Interventions for the Prevention and Treatment of Addiction.

Clinical Focus


  • Psychology

Academic Appointments


  • Professor - Med Center Line, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professional Education


  • Temple University - Dept of Psychology (1986) PA
  • Internship:Northwestern University (1984) IL
  • Board Certification: Substance Use Disorders, American Psychological Association

2016-17 Courses


All Publications


  • Developing an integrated behavioral health system using engineering design. Industrial and Systems Engineering Conference Khayal, I. S., McGovern, M. P., Bruce, M. L., Bartels, S. J.
  • Individual Placement and Support (IPS) for Methadone Maintenance Therapy Patients: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Administration and policy in mental health Lones, C. E., Bond, G. R., McGovern, M. P., Carr, K., Leckron-Myers, T., Hartnett, T., Becker, D. R. 2017

    Abstract

    Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidence-based employment model for people with severe mental illness, but it has not been evaluated for clients enrolled in substance abuse treatment programs. This study evaluated the effectiveness of IPS for people with opioid use disorders enrolled in an opioid treatment program. Within a randomized controlled experiment, 45 patients receiving methadone maintenance therapy were assigned to either IPS or a 6-month waitlist. The waitlist group received IPS after 6 months. The primary outcome assessed over 1 year compared the attainment of a job for the IPS condition to the waitlist comparison group. During the first 6 months after enrollment, 11 (50%) active IPS participants gained competitive employment compared to 1 (5%) waitlist participant (Χ (2) = 12.0, p < 0.001). Over 12 months of enrollment, 11 (50%) IPS participants gained competitive employment compared to 5 (22%) waitlist participants (Χ (2) = 3.92, p = 0.07). We conclude that IPS holds promise as an employment intervention for people with opioid use disorders in methadone maintenance treatment, but larger trials with longer follow-up are needed.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s10488-017-0793-2

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  • The influence of family and social problems on treatment outcomes of persons with co-occurring substance use disorders and PTSD JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE USE Saunders, E. C., McLeman, B. M., McGovern, M. P., Xie, H., Lambert-Harris, C., Meier, A. 2016; 21 (3): 237-243

    Abstract

    Family and social problems may contribute to negative recovery outcomes in patients with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders, yet few studies have empirically examined this relationship. This study investigates the impact of family and social problems on treatment outcomes among patients with co-occurring substance use and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).A secondary analysis was conducted using data collected from a randomized controlled trial of an integrated therapy for patients with co-occurring substance use and PTSD. Substance use, psychiatric symptoms, and social problems were assessed. Longitudinal outcomes were analyzed using generalized estimating equations (GEE) and multiple linear regression.At baseline, increased family and social problems were associated with more severe substance use and psychiatric symptoms. Over time, all participants had comparable decreases in substance use and psychiatric problem severity. However, changes in family and social problem severity were predictive of PTSD symptom severity, alcohol use, and psychiatric severity at follow-up.For patients with co-occurring substance use and PTSD, family and social problem severity is associated with substance use and psychiatric problem severity at baseline and over time. Targeted treatment for social and family problems may be optimal.

    View details for DOI 10.3109/14659891.2015.1005184

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  • Using a Learning Collaborative Strategy With Office-based Practices to Increase Access and Improve Quality of Care for Patients With Opioid Use Disorders JOURNAL OF ADDICTION MEDICINE Nordstrom, B. R., Saunders, E. C., McLeman, B., Meier, A., Xie, H., Lambert-Harris, C., Tanzman, B., Brooklyn, J., King, G., Kloster, N., Lord, C. F., Roberts, W., McGovern, M. P. 2016; 10 (2): 117-123

    Abstract

    Rapidly escalating rates of heroin and prescription opioid use have been widely observed in rural areas across the United States. Although US Food and Drug Administration-approved medications for opioid use disorders exist, they are not routinely accessible to patients. One medication, buprenorphine, can be prescribed by waivered physicians in office-based practice settings, but practice patterns vary widely. This study explored the use of a learning collaborative method to improve the provision of buprenorphine in the state of Vermont.We initiated a learning collaborative with 4 cohorts of physician practices (28 total practices). The learning collaborative consisted of a series of 4 face-to-face and 5 teleconference sessions over 9 months. Practices collected and reported on 8 quality-improvement data measures, which included the number of patients prescribed buprenorphine, and the percent of unstable patients seen weekly. Changes from baseline to 8 months were examined using a p-chart and logistic regression methodology.Physician engagement in the learning collaborative was favorable across all 4 cohorts (85.7%). On 6 of the 7 quality-improvement measures, there were improvements from baseline to 8 months. On 4 measures, these improvements were statistically significant (P < 0.001). Importantly, practice variation decreased over time on all measures. The number of patients receiving medication increased only slightly (3.4%).Results support the effectiveness of a learning collaborative approach to engage physicians, modestly improve patient access, and significantly reduce practice variation. The strategy is potentially generalizable to other systems and regions struggling with this important public health problem.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000200

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  • Responding to the opioid epidemic: Vermont’s hub and spoke model as a system of care. Saunders, E. C., McGovern, M. P. American Psychological Association Division 50 Addictions Newletter. 2016 ; Addictions Newsletter (2): 32–34
  • The Impact of Addiction Medications on Treatment Outcomes for Persons With Co-Occurring PTSD and Opioid Use Disorders AMERICAN JOURNAL ON ADDICTIONS Saunders, E. C., McGovern, M. P., Lambert-Harris, C., Meier, A., McLeman, B., Xie, H. 2015; 24 (8): 722-731

    Abstract

    Previous research has been inconclusive about whether adding psychosocial treatment to medication assisted treatment (MAT) improves outcomes for patients with co-occurring psychiatric and opioid use disorders. This study evaluated the impact of MAT and psychosocial therapies on treatment outcomes for patients with co-occurring opioid use disorders and PTSD.Patients meeting criteria for PTSD and substance use disorders were randomly assigned to one of three treatment conditions: Standard Care (SC) alone, Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ICBT) plus SC, or Individual Addiction Counseling (IAC) plus SC. Substance use and psychiatric symptoms were assessed at baseline and 6 months. Only patients with opioid use disorders were included in the present analyses (n = 126). Two-way ANOVAS and logistic regression analyses were used to examine associations between treatment conditions and MAT, for substance use and psychiatric outcomes.MAT patients receiving ICBT had significantly decreased odds of a positive urine drug screen, compared to non-MAT patients receiving SC alone (OR = .07, 95% CI = .01, .81, p = .03). For PTSD symptoms, a significant MAT by psychosocial treatment condition interaction demonstrated that MAT patients had comparable declines in PTSD symptoms regardless of psychosocial treatment type (F(2, 88) = 4.74, p = .011). Non-MAT patients in ICBT had significantly larger reductions in PTSD.For patients with co-occurring opioid use disorders and PTSD, MAT plus ICBT is associated with more significant improvement in substance use. For non-MAT patients, ICBT is most beneficial for PTSD symptoms.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/ajad.12292

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  • Adherence and competence in two manual-guided therapies for co-occurring substance use and posttraumatic stress disorders: clinician factors and patient outcomes AMERICAN JOURNAL OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE Meier, A., McGovern, M. P., Lambert-Harris, C., McLeman, B., Franklin, A., Saunders, E. C., Xie, H. 2015; 41 (6): 527-534

    Abstract

    The challenges of implementing and sustaining evidence-based therapies into routine practice have been well-documented.This study examines the relationship among clinician factors, quality of therapy delivery, and patient outcomes.Within a randomized controlled trial, 121 patients with current co-occurring substance use and posttraumatic stress disorders were allocated to receive either manualized Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ICBT) or Individual Addiction Counseling (IAC). Twenty-two clinicians from seven addiction treatment programs were trained and supervised to deliver both therapies. Clinician characteristics were assessed at baseline; clinician adherence and competence were assessed over the course of delivering both therapies; and patient outcomes were measured at baseline and 6-month follow-up.Although ICBT was delivered at acceptable levels, clinicians were significantly more adherent to IAC (p < 0.05). At session 1, clinical female gender (p < 0.05) and lower education level (p < 0.05) were predictive of increased clinician adherence and competence across both therapies. Adherence and competence at session 1 in either therapy were significantly predictive of positive patient outcomes. ICBT adherence (p < 0.05) and competence (p < 0.01) were predictive of PTSD symptom reduction, whereas IAC adherence (p < 0.01) and competence (p < 0.01) were associated with decreased drug problem severity.The differential impact of adherence and competence for both therapy types is consistent with their purported primary target: ICBT for PTSD and IAC for substance use. These findings also suggest the benefits of considering clinician factors when implementing manual-guided therapies. Future research should focus on diverse clinician samples, randomization of clinicians to therapy type, and prospective designs to evaluate models of supervision and quality monitoring.

    View details for DOI 10.3109/00952990.2015.1062894

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  • A randomized controlled trial of treatments for co-occurring substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder ADDICTION McGovern, M. P., Lambert-Harris, C., Xie, H., Meier, A., McLeman, B., Saunders, E. 2015; 110 (7): 1194-1204

    Abstract

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is common among people with substance use disorders, and the comorbidity is associated with negative outcomes. We report on a randomized controlled trial comparing the effect of integrated cognitive-behavioral therapy (ICBT) plus standard care, individual addiction counseling plus standard care and standard care alone on substance use and PTSD symptoms.Three-group, multi-site randomized controlled trial.Seven addiction treatment programs in Vermont and New Hampshire, USA.Recruitment took place between December 2010 and January 2013. In this single-blind study, 221 participants were randomized to one of three conditions: ICBT plus standard care (SC) (n = 73), individual addiction counseling (IAC) plus SC (n = 75) or SC only (n = 73). One hundred and seventy-two patients were assessed at 6-month follow-up (58 ICBT; 61 IAC; 53 SC). Intervention and comparators: ICBT is a manual-guided therapy focused on PTSD and substance use symptom reduction with three main components: patient education, mindful relaxation and flexible thinking. IAC is a manual-guided therapy focused exclusively on substance use and recovery with modules organized in a stage-based approach: treatment initiation, early abstinence, maintaining abstinence and recovery. SC are intensive out-patient program services that include 9-12 hours of face-to-face contact per week over 2-4 days of group and individual therapies plus medication management.Primary outcomes were PTSD severity and substance use severity at 6 months. Secondary outcomes were therapy retention.PTSD symptoms reduced in all conditions with no difference between them. In analyses of covariance, ICBT produced more favorable outcomes on toxicology than IAC or SC [comparison with IAC, parameter estimate: 1.10; confidence interval (CI) = 0.17-2.04; comparison with SC, parameter estimate: 1.13; CI = 0.18-2.08] and had a greater reduction in reported drug use than SC (parameter estimate: -9.92; CI = -18.14 to -1.70). ICBT patients had better therapy continuation versus IAC (P<0.001). There were no unexpected or study-related adverse events.Integrated cognitive behavioral therapy may improve drug-related outcomes in post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers with substance use disorder more than drug-focused counseling, but probably not by reducing post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms to a greater extent.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/add.12943

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  • The Prevalence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms among Addiction Treatment Patients with Cocaine Use Disorders JOURNAL OF PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS Saunders, E. C., Lambert-Harris, C., McGovern, M. P., Meier, A., Xie, H. 2015; 47 (1): 42-50

    Abstract

    Co-occurring cocaine use and posttraumatic stress disorders are prevalent and associated with negative treatment, health and societal consequences. This study examined the relationships among PTSD symptoms, gender, and cocaine use problems. Within a cross-sectional design, we gathered archival point prevalence data on new admissions (n = 573) to three addiction treatment agencies. Demographic, substance use, and PTSD symptom information were collected across the three agencies. Logistic regression analyses revealed that patients with cocaine use disorders had a two-fold increased odds for a probable PTSD diagnosis, compared to patients without a cocaine use disorder (OR = 2.19, 95% CI = 1.49-3.22, p < 0.001). Among females with cocaine use disorder, multinomial regression yielded a significant increase in the risk of moderate (RRR = 2.12, 95% CI = 1.10-4.10, p < 0.05) and severe (RRR = 2.87, 95% CI = 1.33-6.21, p < 0.01) PTSD symptoms. Males with cocaine use disorders had a two-fold increase in the risk of moderate PTSD symptoms (RRR = 2.13, 95% CI = 1.23-3.68, p < 0.01), but had no increased risk of developing severe PTSD symptoms (RRR = 1.93, 95% CI = 0.85-4.39, p = 0.117). Cocaine use appears to impact the risk of PTSD symptoms, especially in females. Future research should explore the generalizability of these findings to more racially and ethnically diverse samples, as well as among persons with this comorbidity who are not engaged in treatment services.

    View details for DOI 10.1080/02791072.2014.977501

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  • Co-occurring prescription opioid use problems and posttraumatic stress disorder symptom severity AMERICAN JOURNAL OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE Meier, A., Lambert-Harris, C., McGovern, M. P., Xie, H., An, M., McLeman, B. 2014; 40 (4): 304-311

    Abstract

    Prescription opioids are the most rapidly growing category of abused substances, and result in significant morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs. Co-occurring with psychiatric disorders, persons with prescription opioid problems have negative treatment outcomes. Data are needed on the prevalence of co-occurring prescription opioid abuse and specific disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to better inform clinical practice.To determine prevalence rates of current co-occurring prescription opioid use problems and PTSD symptom severity among patients in community addiction treatment settings.We abstracted administrative and chart information on 573 new admissions to three addictive treatment agencies during 2011. Systematic data were collected on PTSD symptoms, substance use, and patient demographics.Prescription opioid use was significantly associated with co-occurring PTSD symptom severity (OR: 1.42, p < 0.05). Use of prescription opioids in combination with sedatives (OR: 3.81, p < 0.01) or cocaine (OR: 2.24, p < 0.001) also were associated with PTSD severity. The odds of having co-occurring PTSD symptoms and prescription opioid use problem were nearly three times greater among females versus males (OR: 2.63, p < 0.001). Younger patients (18-34 years old) also were at higher risk (OR: 1.86, p < 0.01).Prescription opioid use problems are a risk factor for co-occurring PTSD symptom severity. Being female or younger increase the likelihood of this co-morbidity. Further research is needed to confirm these finding, particularly using more rigorous diagnostic procedures. These data suggest that patients with prescription opioid use problems should be carefully evaluated for PTSD symptoms.

    View details for DOI 10.3109/00952990.2014.910519

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  • Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services: An Assessment of Programs Across Multiple State Systems ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY IN MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH McGovern, M. P., Lambert-Harris, C., Gotham, H. J., Claus, R. E., Xie, H. 2014; 41 (2): 205-214

    Abstract

    Despite increased awareness of the benefits of integrated services for persons with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders, estimates of the availability of integrated services vary widely. The present study utilized standardized measures of program capacity to address co-occurring disorders, the dual diagnosis capability in addiction treatment and dual diagnosis capability in mental health treatment indexes, and sampled 256 programs across the United States. Approximately 18 % of addiction treatment and 9 % of mental health programs met criteria for dual diagnosis capable services. This is the first report on public access to integrated services using objective measures.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s10488-012-0449-1

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  • Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ICBT) For PTSD and Substance Use in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans: A Feasibility Study. Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment Capone, C., Eaton, E., McGrath, A. C., McGovern, M. P. 2014; 3 (4)

    Abstract

    Co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder (SUD) is prevalent in military Veterans and is associated with poorer outcomes than either disorder alone. The current pilot study examines the feasibility of delivering integrated cognitive behavioral therapy (ICBT) for co-occurring PTSD-SUD to Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our primary aims were testing the feasibility of engaging and retaining Veterans with a complex clinical presentation in a 12-week structured therapy. We focused on two feasibility outcomes: 1) acceptability; and 2) tolerability. We also examined clinically meaningful change in PTSD and depressive symptoms as a secondary aim. Over the course of the study, we recruited 12 eligible Veterans, 6 of whom completed ICBT. We encountered challenges related to engaging and retaining Veterans in treatment and discuss adaptations and refinements of ICBT or other integrated treatments for returning Veterans with co-occurring PTSD-SUD to increase feasibility with military Veterans.

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  • A manual-guided therapy for co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders delivered by community addiction counselors: Are outcomes different from psychotherapy delivered by mental health professionals? Journal of Addictive Behaviors, Therapy and Rehabilitation Lambert-Harris, C., McGovern, M. P., Saunders, E. C., Hoyt, J. E. 2014; 3 (3)
  • Assessing the Co-occurring Capability of Mental Health Treatment Programs: the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT) Index JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES & RESEARCH Gotham, H. J., Brown, J. L., Comaty, J. E., McGovern, M. P., Claus, R. E. 2013; 40 (2): 234-241

    Abstract

    The Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT) Index was developed to assess the capability of mental health programs to provide substance abuse and co-occurring treatment services. The DDCMHT is an objective scale rated following a site visit that includes semi-structured interviews with staff at all levels, review of program documents and client charts, and ethnographic observation of the milieu and setting. Using data from 67 mental health programs across six states, this study found that the DDCMHT had excellent total score reliability, variable subscale reliability, high inter-rater reliability (n = 18), and moderate construct validity (n = 22). Results also suggest that many mental health programs are at a relatively low level of capability for the delivery of care to individuals with co-occurring disorders. Results from this important new benchmark measure, the DDCMHT, can be used with programs in implementation planning and with treatment systems, states, or national organizations to guide policy change.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s11414-012-9317-8

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  • Substance abuse treatment implementation research JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT McGovern, M. P., Saunders, E. C., Kim, E. 2013; 44 (1): 1-3

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jsat.2012.09.006

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  • Organizational Capacity to Address Co-occurring Substance Use and Psychiatric Disorders: Assessing Variation by Level of Care JOURNAL OF ADDICTION MEDICINE Lambert-Harris, C., Saunders, E. C., McGovern, M. P., Xie, H. 2013; 7 (1): 25-32

    Abstract

    There is widespread recognition that services to persons with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders should be accessible, yet most persons with these disorders do not receive care for both problems. Estimates of available services vary widely and have not examined potential variation by level of care.The present study samples 180 community addiction treatment programs and utilizes a standardized observational assessment of these programs using the dual diagnosis capability of addiction treatment (DDCAT) index. By level of care, the sample consisted of 53 outpatient programs, 50 intensive outpatient programs, and 77 residential programs.Overall, approximately 81.1% of programs across levels of care offered addiction-only services, 18.3% dual diagnosis capable services, and less than 1% dual diagnosis enhanced services. Relative to residential and intensive outpatient programs, outpatient programs were more likely to have greater dual diagnosis capability (dual diagnosis capable services). Outpatient programs scored significantly higher on the DDCAT dimensions associated with program policies and continuity of care. Specific DDCAT benchmark items revealing detailed differences were found in these dimensions and specific assessment and treatment practices. Access to physician-prescriber or to psychotropic medications did not differ by level of care.The findings suggest that across levels of care, addiction-treatment systems and programs must continue to improve capacity for patients with co-occurring disorders. The application of a standardized, objective, and observational instrument may be useful to guide and measure the effectiveness of these efforts.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/ADM.0b013e318276e7a4

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  • Measuring Organizational Capacity to Treat Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders. Journal of dual diagnosis Bond, G. R., McGovern, M. P. 2013; 9 (2): 165-170

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  • Development and initial feasibility of an organizational measure of behavioral health integration in medical care settings JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT McGovern, M. P., Urada, D., Lambert-Harris, C., Sullivan, S. T., Mazade, N. A. 2012; 43 (4): 402-409

    Abstract

    In the advent of health care reform, models are sought to integrate behavioral health and routine medical care services. Historically, the behavioral health specialty has not itself been integrated, but instead bifurcated by substance use and mental health across treatment systems, care providers and even research. With the present opportunity to transform the health care delivery system, it is incumbent upon policymakers, researchers and clinicians to avoid repeating this historical error, and provide integrated behavioral health services in medical contexts. An organizational measure designed to assess this capacity is described: the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Health Care Settings (DDCHCS). The DDCHCS was used to assess a sample of federally-qualified health centers (N=13) on the degree of behavioral health integration. The measure was found to be feasible and sensitive to detecting variation in integrated behavioral health services capacity. Three of the 13 agencies were dual diagnosis capable, with significant variation in DDCHCS dimensions measuring staffing, treatment practices and program milieu. In general, mental health services were more integrated than substance use. Future research should consider a revised version of the measure, a larger and more representative sample, and linking organizational capacity with patient outcomes.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jsat.2012.08.013

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  • An intervention to increase alcohol treatment engagement: A pilot trial JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT Stecker, T., McGovern, M. P., Herr, B. 2012; 43 (2): 161-167

    Abstract

    Previous research has documented the difficulty individuals with alcohol use disorders have initiating alcohol treatment. This study assessed the feasibility of a brief, cognitive-behavioral intervention designed to increase treatment initiation among individuals with alcohol use disorders.This randomized controlled trial included 196 participants who screened positive for a possible alcohol use disorder on the alcohol use disorders identification test. Randomly assigned intervention participants were administered a brief cognitive-behaviorally-based intervention by telephone designed to modify beliefs that may interfere with treatment-seeking behavior. Beliefs about treatment and treatment-seeking behavior were assessed postintervention.Participants receiving the intervention had significantly improved their attitudes toward addiction treatment (p < .002) and increased their reported intention-to-seek treatment (p < .000) postintervention. Further, intervention participants were almost three times more likely to attend treatment within a 3-month period (odds ratio = 2.60, p < .025) than participants in the control group.A brief, cognitive-behavioral intervention delivered by telephone and focused on modifying treatment-interfering beliefs holds promise for increasing alcohol treatment seeking among individuals in need.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jsat.2011.10.028

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  • Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: Tradition, change and opportunity JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT McGovern, M. P. 2012; 42 (1): 1-3

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  • Co-occurring Substance Use and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders: Reasons for Hope JOURNAL OF DUAL DIAGNOSIS McGovern, M. P., Stecker, T. 2011; 7 (4): 187-193
  • The boundaries of addiction treatment services research JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT McGovern, M. P., Saunders, E. C., Vakili, M. M. 2011; 40 (1): 1-2

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jsat.2010.10.003

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  • A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Versus Individual Addiction Counseling for Co-occurring Substance Use and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders JOURNAL OF DUAL DIAGNOSIS McGovern, M. P., Lambert-Harris, C., Alterman, A. I., Xie, H., Meier, A. 2011; 7 (4): 207-227

    Abstract

    OBJECTIVE: Co-occurring posttraumatic stress (PTSD) and substance use disorders provide clinical challenges to addiction treatment providers. Interventions are needed that are effective, well-tolerated by patients, and capable of being delivered by typical clinicians in community settings. This is a randomized controlled trial of integrated cognitive behavioral therapy for co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders. METHODS: Fifty-three participants sampled from seven community addiction treatment programs were randomized to integrated cognitive behavioral therapy plus standard care or individual addiction counseling plus standard care. Fourteen community therapists employed by these programs delivered both manual-guided therapies. Primary outcomes were PTSD symptoms, substance use symptoms and therapy retention. Participants were assessed at baseline, 3- and 6-month follow-up. RESULTS: Integrated cognitive behavioral therapy was more effective than individual addiction counseling in reducing PTSD re-experiencing symptoms and PTSD diagnosis. Individual addiction counseling was comparably effective to integrated cognitive behavioral therapy in substance use outcomes and on other measures of psychiatric symptom severity. Participants assigned to individual addiction counseling with severe PTSD were less likely to initiate and engage in the therapy than those assigned to integrated cognitive behavioral therapy. In general, participants with severe PTSD were more likely to benefit from integrated cognitive behavioral therapy. CONCLUSIONS: The findings support the promise of efficacy of integrated cognitive behavioral therapy in improving outcomes for persons in addiction treatment with PTSD. Community counselors delivered both interventions with satisfactory adherence and competence. Despite several limitations to this research, a larger randomized controlled trial of integrated cognitive behavioral therapy appears warranted.

    View details for DOI 10.1080/15504263.2011.620425

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  • Co-Occurring Medical, Psychiatric, and Alcohol-Related Disorders Among Veterans Returning From Iraq and Afghanistan PSYCHOSOMATICS Stecker, T., Fortney, J., Owen, R., McGovern, M. P., Williams, S. 2010; 51 (6): 503-507

    Abstract

    Soldiers often return from war with a variety of combat-related mental health conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and substance-use disorders.The authors investigated common co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions and patterns of conditions among returning Iraq/Afghanistan veterans using the Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare systems.Common clusters of ICD-9 diagnostic-related conditions among returning soldiers (N=293,861) were extracted from the VA data center.Diagnoses involving pain are extremely common among returning veterans seeking health care at the VA. In addition to pain-related conditions, psychiatric disorders rank second most prevalent. Psychiatric disorders, and in particular the multimorbid triad of pain, posttraumatic stress disorder, and depression frequently overlap.As more veterans return from war, there will be greater need for effective services. Given the findings of high rates of comorbidity and multimorbidity, VA services should be reorganized so as to co-locate psychiatric staff in pain centers, simultaneously targeting pain and psychiatric disorders.

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  • Improving the Dual Diagnosis Capability of Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Services: Implementation Factors Associated With Program Level Changes JOURNAL OF DUAL DIAGNOSIS McGovern, M. P., Lambert-Harris, C., McHugo, G. J., Giard, J., Mangrum, L. 2010; 6 (3-4): 237-250
  • Co-occurring substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. McGovern, M. P. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Substance Abuse Policy Research Program. http://www.saprp.org/knowledgeassets/Knowledge.cfm. 2010
  • A cognitive behavioral therapy for co-occurring substance use and posttraumatic stress disorders ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS McGovern, M. P., Lambert-Harris, C., Acquilano, S., Xie, H., Alterman, A. I., Weiss, R. D. 2009; 34 (10): 892-897

    Abstract

    Co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is prevalent in addiction treatment programs and a risk factor for negative outcomes. Although interventions have been developed to address substance use and PTSD, treatment options are needed that are effective, well tolerated by patients, and potentially integrated with existing program services. This paper describes a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for PTSD that was adapted from a treatment for persons with severe mental illnesses and PTSD in community mental health settings. The new adaptation is for patients in community addiction treatment with co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders. In this study, 5 community therapists delivered the CBT for PTSD. Outcome data are available on 11 patients who were assessed at baseline, post-CBT treatment, and at a 3-month follow-up post-treatment. Primary outcomes were substance use, PTSD severity, and retention, of which all were favorable for patients receiving the CBT for PTSD.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.03.009

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    View details for PubMedID 19395179

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  • Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Treatment in Six Medicaid Programs JOURNAL OF HEALTH CARE FOR THE POOR AND UNDERSERVED Samnaliev, M., McGovern, M. P., Clark, R. E. 2009; 20 (1): 165-176

    Abstract

    Little is known about ethnic and racial disparities in mental health care among Medicaid beneficiaries. The association between ethnicity and race and the utilization of mental health care was explored in six Medicaid programs. The analysis distinguished between different settings of care, including community-based, outpatient hospital, inpatient, and emergency departments (EDs). Racial and ethnic disparities in mental health care were observed across state Medicaid programs. Hispanic and African American beneficiaries with mental illness were much less likely than Whites to be treated in community-based settings. African Americans were more likely to receive mental health treatment in inpatient, ED, and outpatient hospital settings in some states. The implications of these findings and possible initiatives to enhance community-based mental health care among African American and Hispanic Medicaid beneficiaries are discussed.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000263480000017

    View details for PubMedID 19202255

  • Impact of Substance Disorders on Medical Expenditures for Medicaid Beneficiaries With Behavioral Health Disorders PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES Clark, R. E., Samnaliev, M., McGovern, M. P. 2009; 60 (1): 35-42

    Abstract

    This study measured the impact of substance use disorders on Medicaid expenditures for behavioral and physical health care among beneficiaries with behavioral health disorders.Claims for Medicaid beneficiaries with behavioral health diagnoses in 1999 from Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, and Washington were analyzed. Behavioral health and general medical expenditures for individuals with diagnoses of substance use disorders were compared with expenditures for those without such diagnoses. States were analyzed separately with adjustment for confounders.A total of 148,457 beneficiaries met selection criteria, and 43,457 (29.3%) had a substance use diagnosis. Compared with other beneficiaries with behavioral health disorders, individuals with diagnoses of substance use disorders had significantly higher expenditures for physical health problems in five of six states. Approximately half of the additional care and expenditures were for treatment of physical conditions. Differences declined but remained statistically significant after adjustment for higher overall disease burden among beneficiaries with addictions. Medical expenditures for individuals with diagnoses of substance use disorders increased significantly with age in five of six states, whereas behavioral health expenditures were stable or declined. Hospital admissions for psychiatric and general medical reasons were higher for those with diagnoses of substance use disorders.The impact of addiction on Medicaid populations with behavioral health disorders is greater than the direct cost of mental health and addictions treatment. Higher medical expenditures can be partly attributed to greater prevalence of co-occurring physical disorders, but expenditures remained higher after adjustment for disease burden. Spending estimates based only on behavioral health diagnoses may significantly underestimate addictions-related costs, particularly for older adults.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000262049600007

    View details for PubMedID 19114568

  • The status of addiction treatment research with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT McGovern, M. P., McLellan, A. T. 2008; 34 (1): 1-2

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jsat.2007.03.007

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    View details for PubMedID 17574797

  • Co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders: A multistate feasibility study of the quadrant model PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES McGovern, M. P., Clark, R. E., Samnaliev, M. 2007; 58 (7): 949-954

    Abstract

    The quadrant model was developed to organize the heterogeneous group of persons with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders and to anticipate differential use of systems of care. The purpose of the study presented here was to test the feasibility of applying the model to classify persons with co-occurring disorders, examine the reliability of quadrant prevalence and distribution, and test the validity of differential service use by quadrant.Medicaid claims data from 1999 from six states were analyzed, and 22,912 individuals with co-occurring disorders were classified into quadrants, by severity of substance use and psychiatric disorders. Distribution by quadrant and the utilization of emergency and inpatient services were analyzed.A majority of cases were classified in quadrant IV (52.5%) (high severity of psychiatric and substance use disorders), and fewest were classified in quadrant I (8.2%) (low severity of psychiatric and substance use disorders). There was equivalence in distribution for quadrant III (19.8%) (high severity of substance use disorders and low severity of psychiatric disorders) and quadrant II (19.4%) (high severity of psychiatric disorders and low severity of substance use disorders). Distribution was consistent across states, and service utilization was most associated with quadrant IV. Persons with the more severe psychiatric problems (quadrants II and IV) were more likely to be female, to be older, and to have been hospitalized or to have visited an emergency department. Another important finding is the high rate of persons with substance dependence disorders (quadrants III and IV).The feasibility of applying the quadrant model was supported. The quadrant model has been well adopted conceptually by community providers and policy makers. The consistency of the findings across six state Medicaid systems supports the potential utility of the model to articulate patient characteristics and service use patterns. Further application and research with this model is proposed.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000253360400010

    View details for PubMedID 17602011

  • Treatment for co-occurring mental and substance use disorders in five state Medicaid programs PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES Clark, R. E., Samnaliev, M., McGovern, M. P. 2007; 58 (7): 942-948

    Abstract

    This study described the locations and patterns of psychiatric and substance abuse treatment for Medicaid beneficiaries with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders in five states.Medicaid beneficiaries aged 21 to 65 with psychiatric or substance use disorders were identified with claims and encounter records. Groups were further divided into those with and those without a diagnosed substance use disorder. Adjusted odds of treatment in community-based settings, inpatient facilities, emergency departments, and hospital outpatient departments were calculated.A total of 92,355 persons had a psychiatric disorder, 34,158 had a substance use disorder, and 14,256 had co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. In all five states, beneficiaries with severe mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression) and a substance use disorder had higher odds of inpatient, emergency department, and hospital-based outpatient psychiatric treatment, compared with those with severe mental illness alone. In four of five states, both severe and less severe mental illness and a co-occurring substance use disorder were associated with lower odds of community-based treatment compared with those with the respective mental illness alone. Compared with those with less severe mental illness alone, individuals with less severe psychiatric disorders and a co-occurring substance use disorder had higher odds of inpatient treatment in all states and of emergency department use in three of five states. Odds of inpatient and outpatient hospital use and emergency department use for substance abuse treatment were higher for persons with severe mental illness and a co-occurring substance use disorder in most states, compared with odds for those with a substance use disorder alone.Heavy inpatient and emergency department use by Medicaid beneficiaries with co-occurring substance use disorders is a consistent cross-state problem. Co-occurring disorders may decrease the likelihood of community-based treatment for those with less severe mental disorders and for those with severe mental illness, suggesting that policies focusing only on these settings may miss a significant proportion of people with these co-occurring disorders.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000253360400009

    View details for PubMedID 17602010

  • Addiction treatment services and co-occurring disorders: The ASAM-PPC-2R taxonomy of program dual diagnosis capability JOURNAL OF ADDICTIVE DISEASES McGovern, M. P., Xie, H., Acquilano, S., Segal, S. R., Siembab, L., Drake, R. E. 2007; 26 (3): 27-37

    Abstract

    The ASAM-PPC-2R taxonomy of addiction treatment program dual diagnosis capability provides a conceptual model of services for persons with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders. However, no objective study of this model has been conducted.This paper describes a survey of addiction treatment providers (n = 453) who were asked to identify their program as Addiction Only Services (AOS), Dual Diagnosis Capable (DDC) or Dual Diagnosis Enhanced (DDE). The survey also queried providers on prevalence estimates, clinical practices, and perceived barriers to treating persons with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders.With brief definitions available to respondents, 92.9% of providers surveyed categorized their program as: AOS (23.0%), DDC (65.3%) or DDE (11.6%). Patient characteristics, clinical practices, and barriers to effective treatments varied by program dual diagnosis capability.The findings support the utility of the ASAM dual diagnosis capability taxonomy, and suggest specific avenues for system and program assessment and future research.

    View details for DOI 10.1300/J069v26n03_04

    View details for Web of Science ID 000248992800004

    View details for PubMedID 18018806

  • Addiction treatment services and co-occurring disorders: Prevalence estimates, treatment practices, and barriers JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT McGovern, M. P., Xie, H., Segal, S. R., Siembab, L., Drake, R. E. 2006; 31 (3): 267-275

    Abstract

    As the model for treating co-occurring disorders in addiction treatment settings becomes articulated, service systems need data on prevalence, current practice, and barriers to the implementation of evidence-based practices. A self-report survey was administered to 453 addiction treatment providers (43 agency directors, 110 clinical supervisors, and 300 clinicians) from a single state system of care. Data on prevalence estimates, treatment practices, and barriers to implementing services for co-occurring disorders were obtained. The three groups estimated that several co-occurring disorders were extremely common: mood disorders (40%-42%), anxiety disorders (24%-27%), posttraumatic stress disorder (24%-27%), severe mental illnesses (16%-21%), antisocial personality disorder (18%-20%), and borderline personality disorder (17%-18%). Practice patterns for patients with these co-occurring disorders differed widely, from referral to mental health programs to provision of integrated treatment. Common barriers to providing services to persons with co-occurring disorders were lack of psychiatric personnel and resources. Comprehensive surveys of an addiction treatment service system can rapidly and economically produce estimates of prevalence, current practices, and barriers to evidence-based practices. This objective information is critical for systems intending to enhance services to persons with co-occurring disorders.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jsat.2006.05.003

    View details for Web of Science ID 000241215900006

    View details for PubMedID 16996389

  • A systematic analysis of college substance use policies JOURNAL OF AMERICAN COLLEGE HEALTH Hirschfeld, L. M., Edwardson, K. L., McGovern, M. P. 2005; 54 (3): 169-176

    Abstract

    College substance use policies provide guidelines for student behavior and influence campus culture. Although they are the primary environmental strategy to address campus substance use, policies have not been systematically compared and studied. We constructed a systematic review method to examine the accessibility, comprehensiveness, enforcement procedures, and clarity of college substance use policies. We developed an objective evaluation scheme for each of these 4 dimensions and then applied it to documented substance use policies from a sample of colleges and universities (N = 24). Policies were found to vary considerably but tended to specify compliance with local laws and emphasize student health and well-being. The next stage of campus policy review should examine actual implementation, evaluate potential differentiating factors among institutions, and assess the influence of policy on campus climate and student outcomes.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000233811500006

    View details for PubMedID 16335317

  • Relapse of substance use disorder and its prevention among persons with co-occurring disorders PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES McGovern, M. P., Wrisley, B. R., Drake, R. E. 2005; 56 (10): 1270-1273

    Abstract

    This article summarizes the scientific literature on the relapse process, describes the basic principles of relapse prevention treatment, highlights the major empirical studies, and offers suggestions for future research and application, especially in terms of ongoing care for persons with co-occurring disorders. Relapse prevention treatments have a well-established efficacy and effectiveness for persons with substance use disorders. Key ingredients include reducing exposure to substances, fostering motivation for abstinence, self-monitoring, recognizing and coping with cravings and negative affect, identifying thought processes with relapse potential, and deploying, if necessary, a crisis plan. Relapse prevention approaches may be best suited for persons in the action of maintenance stages of treatment or recovery. Further research is needed to examine relapse prevention therapies as a key component to continuing care for persons with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000232470100013

    View details for PubMedID 16215194

  • Future directions in preventing relapse to substance abuse among clients with severe mental illnesses PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES Drake, R. E., Wallach, M. A., McGovern, M. P. 2005; 56 (10): 1297-1302

    Abstract

    The authors review the literature on substance use disorders among persons with severe mental illnesses, including the other papers in this special section on relapse prevention, and suggest future directions. Although prevention of relapse to substance abuse has a well-developed theoretical and empirical base, this perspective has rarely been applied to persons with co-occurring severe mental illness. Research indicates that clients with co-occurring disorders are highly prone to relapse to substance abuse, even after they have attained full remission. Their risk factors include exacerbations of mental illness, social pressures within drug-using networks, lack of meaningful activities and social supports for recovery, independent housing in high-risk neighborhoods, and lack of substance abuse or dual diagnosis treatments. The evidence in hand suggests several steps: developing healthy and protective environments that are experienced as nurturing of recovery; helping people make fundamental changes in their lives, such as finding satisfying jobs, abstinent friends, networks of people who are in the process of recovery, and a sense of meaning; providing specific and individualized treatments for mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and other co-occurring problems; and developing longitudinal research on understanding and preventing relapse that addresses social context as well as biological vulnerabilities and cognitive strategies.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000232470100018

    View details for PubMedID 16215199

  • Physicians and nurses with substance use disorders JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING Shaw, M. F., McGovern, M. P., Angres, D. H., Rawal, P. 2004; 47 (5): 561-571

    Abstract

    The literature addressing substance use patterns among medical professionals suggests that specialty, gender, age, familial substance abuse, and access/familiarity with prescription drugs are associated with particular chemical dependencies. These studies have rarely compared nurses and physicians directly, thereby making if difficult to tailor interventions to the potentially unique needs of each group.This paper reports a study to compare the initial clinical presentations, service utilization patterns, and post-treatment functioning of nurses and physicians who received services in an addiction treatment programme.This exploratory study combined data collected through retrospective record reviews and prospective questionnaires. There were three types of dependent variables: initial clinical characteristics, treatment utilization patterns, and post-treatment functioning. The independent variable was membership of either professional group. Time both in treatment and between discharge and follow-up were covariates.Nurses and physicians showed comparable results in most domains. Among the statistically significant differences between groups, a subset was particularly noteworthy. Prior to participating in the programme nurses showed significantly less personality disturbance than physicians, although they tended to work and live in environments with more triggers to relapse, such as other substance users. After the index hospitalization, nurses received less primary treatment, worked longer hours, and were more symptomatic than physicians. Furthermore, nurses reported more frequent and severe work-related sanctions as a consequence of their behavioural disorders.In most areas of study, nurses and physicians demonstrated comparable results; however, a series of statistically significant differences suggest that these groups may have unique clinical needs. The policy implications of these findings are discussed.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000223281600012

    View details for PubMedID 15312119

  • A survey of clinical practices and readiness to adopt evidence-based practices: Dissemination research in an addiction treatment system JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT McGovern, M. P., Fox, T. S., Xie, H. Y., Drake, R. E. 2004; 26 (4): 305-312

    Abstract

    Addiction research is challenged to disseminate evidence-based practices into routine clinical settings. The successful adoption of innovation must consider issues of fit, such as the characteristics, readiness, and attitudes of clinicians in the community. We constructed a survey to assess clinical practices and readiness to adopt certain evidence-based practices in addiction treatment programs. The instrument was administered to directors (n = 21) and clinicians (n = 89) from 24 public addiction treatment programs in New Hampshire (USA). Clinicians are more motivated to adopt some evidence-based practices (twelve-step facilitation, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention therapy) than others (contingency management, behavioral couples therapy, pharmacotherapies). Translational strategies for treatment development and research dissemination are discussed.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jsat.2004.03.003

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  • Evidence-based practices for substance use disorders PSYCHIATRIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA McGovern, M. P., Carroll, K. M. 2003; 26 (4): 991-?

    Abstract

    There are inherent complexities in evaluating EBPs for substance use disorders: the heterogeneity of the disorder itself, the variability in people who suffer from them, the range of settings in which services are provided, and multiple lines of research development. This article outlined four models for evaluating the evidence for interventions for substance use disorders, and presented brief descriptions of pharmacological, behavioral/psychosocial, and treatment services that have a clearly defined intervention (chemical agent or manual-guided therapy) and a documented record of objective evaluation. Although substantial work is underway to evaluate effectiveness in the real world, clinicians and individuals with substance use disorders and their families should be cognizant of the burgeoning array of effective treatment alternatives that are available.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/S0193-953X(03)00073-X

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    View details for PubMedID 14711132

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  • Gender of physicians with substance use disorders: Clinical characteristics, treatment utilization, and post-treatment functioning SUBSTANCE USE & MISUSE McGovern, M. P., Angres, D. H., Shaw, M., Rawal, P. 2003; 38 (7): 993-1001

    Abstract

    Gender has emerged as an important variable in both the course and treatment of substance-use disorders. This study examines the role of gender in a sample of physicians (n = 73) treated for substance-use disorders. Pilot data gathered on physicians treated during 1995 to 1997, included initial pretreatment characteristics, service utilization, and posttreatment functioning. Although there were many similarities, important differences emerged among the groups. These differences have implications for physician education and training and warrant more systematic clinical research.

    View details for DOI 10.1081/JA-120017620

    View details for Web of Science ID 000183310300009

    View details for PubMedID 12801152

  • Psychiatric comorbidity and physicians with substance use disorders: A comparison between the 1980s and 1990s JOURNAL OF ADDICTIVE DISEASES Angres, D. H., McGovern, M. P., Shaw, M. F., Rawal, P. 2003; 22 (3): 79-87

    Abstract

    The assessment and treatment of physicians with substance use disorders has been of considerable interest over the past twenty years. This study compares two cohorts of addicted physicians treated at a single program. Data from 101 physicians treated during 1985 to 1987 were compared with 73 physicians treated from 1995 to 1997. Although the cohorts were similar on demographic, physician specialty, and drug of choice variables, psychiatric comorbidity was significantly more prevalent in the later sample.

    View details for DOI 10.1300/J069v22n03_07

    View details for Web of Science ID 000186710000007

    View details for PubMedID 14621346

  • Psychiatric comorbidity and physicians with substance use disorders: Clinical characteristics, treatment experiences, and post-treatment functioning. Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment Angres, D. H., McGovern, M. P., Rawal, P., Shaw, M. 2002; 1 (3): 89-98
  • Characteristics of physicians presenting for assessment at a behavioral health center JOURNAL OF ADDICTIVE DISEASES McGovern, M. P., Angres, D. H., Leon, S. 2000; 19 (2): 59-73

    Abstract

    Physician health and impairment have been of considerable interest in recent years. This study contributes detailed clinical data to the existing body of knowledge, by drawing from a sample of physicians assessed at a behavioral health center over a two year time frame. Demographic, referral, and clinical data were gathered using a systematic medical record review procedure, based on 108 physicians who were evaluated within an intensive multidisciplinary assessment program. The majority suffered from active substance use disorders (52.8%), with other psychiatric disorders (29.6%), and substance use disorders in remission (17.6%) the other largest categories. Of those with an active substance use disorder, primary drugs of choice were alcohol and prescription opiates. Over half had comorbid psychiatric disorders (Axis I, II, or both). Significant relationship, employment, and emotional problems were found in all three groups. The significant increase in presentation and/or detection of psychiatric and behavioral problems, both comorbid with and not substance use related, confirms the need for a revision and expansion of views about physicians' behavioral health concerns.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000086601700005

    View details for PubMedID 10809520

  • Training in substance use disorders assessment and intervention: Design and implementation of a model within a traditional mental health clinic PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY-RESEARCH AND PRACTICE McGovern, M. P., Groberski, M. J., GRYLL, S. L. 1999; 30 (4): 411-414
  • Diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric comorbidity in alcoholics and drug addicts PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS Beedle, D. D., McGovern, M. P. 1998; 28 (12): 705-?
  • Female physicians and substance abuse - Comparisons with male physicians presenting for assessment JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT McGovern, M. P., Angres, D. H., Uziel-Miller, N. D., Leon, S. 1998; 15 (6): 525-533

    Abstract

    As with women in general, the vicissitudes of the female physician who suffers from a substance use disorder have been understudied, and such persons remain underrepresented in treatment. The purpose of the present study is to describe the similarities and differences between female and male physicians presenting for assessment; 108 physicians in total were included in the study, 10 of whom were female. Demographically, we found that the female physicians were more likely to be single and younger than their male counterparts. On clinical indices, females showed less impairment on legal and medical functioning, and better capability in sustaining abstinence and eliminating environmental cues to relapse. Of the women with substance use disorders, higher rates of comorbidity were found than with males. Although there were no significant differences in overall severity, males were more likely to be recommended to more intensive levels of care for either substance use or psychiatric disorders. The female physicians were recommended to a level of care of a lower intensity, but more often to a treatment with a dual-diagnosis focus. These findings are discussed in terms of the vulnerabilities of the female physician, barriers to treatment, tailoring treatment to female needs, and opportunities for prevention and further research.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000077210000006

    View details for PubMedID 9845866

  • Differential therapeutics and the impaired physician: Patient-treatment matching by specificity and intensity JOURNAL OF ADDICTIVE DISEASES McGovern, M. P., Angres, D. H., Leon, S. 1998; 17 (2): 93-107

    Abstract

    The objective of this study was to determine the nature and degree of patient to treatment matching for a sample of physicians based on differential problem type and severity. Methods included a single assessment of variables using retrospective chart review. Subjects included 108 physicians (98 men and 10 women), who were sampled consecutively from assessments performed over a 2-year period. They represented a variety of specialties, and most were third-party referred, predominantly by state medical societies. Main outcome measures included demographic information, DSM-IV multiaxial diagnoses, the Severity of Substance-Related Disorder scale, and the type and intensity of recommended treatment. It was found that the physicians presented with a variety of conditions that were clustered into three categories: active substance use disorders (52.8%), substance use disorders in remission (17.6%), and psychiatric/behavioral problems (29.6%). An analysis of the appropriateness of matching types of treatment to these problem categories appeared to support a differential assignment process. A range in severity was also found within problem categories and was subsequently tested for correspondence with the range in intensity of recommended treatment. It was found that severity correlated strongly with recommended treatment intensity for all groups. In addition, multiple regression analyses showed that two factors, ability to sustain abstinence and emotional disturbance, were predictive of treatment intensity for the two substance use disorder subgroups (64% of variance accounted for). In the psychiatric/behavioral problem subgroup, such analysis demonstrated that the severity of difficulties with one's significant other was predictive of treatment intensity (89% of variance accounted for).

    View details for Web of Science ID 000073093900007

    View details for PubMedID 9567228

  • Triaging the impaired physician: Patient-treatment matching by specificity and intensity. Epikrisis McGovern, M. P., Angres, D. H. 1998; 9 (6): 1-2
  • Treatment matching and the impaired physician: Assessment of substance use, psychiatric, and behavioral problems Angres, D. H., McGovern, M. P., Leon, S. ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD. 1997: A1–A1
  • Utility of the chemical use, abuse, and dependence scale in screening patients with severe mental illness PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES Appleby, L., Dyson, V., Altman, E., McGovern, M. P., Luchins, D. J. 1996; 47 (6): 647-649

    Abstract

    The Chemical Use, Abuse, and Dependence (CUAD) Scale was administered with other scales to 100 consecutive admissions to a psychiatric hospital. Moderately high correlations with other measures of drug and alcohol use were obtained. Although more research with the CUAD is necessary, it may be potentially useful in screening for substance use among severely mentally ill patients.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1996UN31900018

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  • OBJECT RELATIONS AND SOCIAL FUNCTIONING OF SCHIZOPHRENIC AND BORDERLINE PATIENTS - A CROSS-SECTIONAL DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVE JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY McGovern, M. P., Kilgore, K. M., Melon, W. H., Golden, D. L. 1993; 49 (3): 319-326

    Abstract

    Using a cross-sectional design, this study compared patients with schizophrenic and borderline personality disorders on measures of object relations and social functioning. Although we found that on measures of object relations the borderline group remained less impaired than the schizophrenics, during the course of the lifespan the schizophrenic patients appeared to surpass the borderlines on social functioning. These results are integrated with the literature that compares the long-term course and outcomes for these disorders and are discussed within the context of differential adaptive capacities, change mechanisms, and treatment interventions.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1993LE86300002

    View details for PubMedID 8315032

  • PROBLEM SEVERITY AND SYMPTOMATOLOGY AMONG SUBSTANCE MISUSERS - DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND CAUCASIANS INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE ADDICTIONS PAVKOV, T. W., McGovern, M. P., GEFFNER, E. S. 1993; 28 (9): 909-922

    Abstract

    Using data collected on 348 patients presenting to a hospital-based substance misuse treatment program, the present study compares psychiatric symptomatology and severity of substance misuse among African-American and Caucasian alcohol and drug misusers. African-Americans had a higher overall severity of substance misuse and reported using more substances than Caucasians. African-Americans also had higher levels of somatization, interpersonal problems, depression, hostility, obsessive/compulsive behavior, phobia, paranoia, and psychoticism than Caucasians. African-Americans exhibited higher levels of psychosocial stress and lower levels of global functioning than did Caucasians. The implications of the findings are discussed.

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  • The clinician factor in addiction treatment: Implications for differential practices. Alcoholism and Drug Research McGovern, M. P. 1992; 3 (3): 10
  • THE CHEMICAL USE, ABUSE, AND DEPENDENCE SCALE (CUAD) - RATIONALE, RELIABILITY, AND VALIDITY JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT McGovern, M. P., MORRISON, D. H. 1992; 9 (1): 27-38

    Abstract

    This article describes the rationale for the development of the Chemical Use, Abuse, and Dependence Scale (CUAD). The instrument is in a semistructured interview format; it derives both substance use severity scores and DSM-III-R substance use disorder diagnoses and can be administered in a short period with minimal training. The reliability and validity of the CUAD are reported and appear satisfactory. The CUAD is recommended for use as a detection, diagnostic, and treatment selection index in clinical, research, and program evaluation contexts.

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  • Psychiatric symptomatology among alcoholics: Comparisons between African-Americans and Caucasians. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors Pavkov, T. W., McGovern, M. P., Lyons, J. S., Geffner, E. S. 1992; 6 (4): 219-224
  • Capitation payment systems and public mental health care: Implications for psychotherapy with the chronic and severely disturbed. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry McGovern, M. P., Pomp, H. C., Lyons, J. S. 1990; 60 (2): 298-304
  • Decision-making in the emergency room: A reply American Journal of Psychiatry Marson, D. C., McGovern, M. P. 1989; 146 (2): 291-292
  • The relationship between years of psychotherapy experience and conceptualizations, interventions, and treatment plan costs. Professional Psychology Kopta, S. M., Newman, F. L., McGovern, M. P., Angle, T. S. 1989; 29: 59-61
  • Co-existing serious mental illness and substance abuse: Impact on hospital length of stay, re-hospitalization, and aftercare linkage. Hospital and Community Psychiatry Lyons, J. S., McGovern, M. P. 1989; 40: 1067-1069
  • PSYCHIATRIC DECISION-MAKING IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM - A RESEARCH OVERVIEW AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY Marson, D. C., McGovern, M. P., POMP, H. C. 1988; 145 (8): 918-925

    Abstract

    In an overview of the research on psychiatric decision making in the emergency room, the authors discuss studies done between 1963 and 1977, which suffered from an overreliance on univariate statistical techniques, problems with the reliability and validity of the instruments used for data collection, and the lack of alternatives to hospitalization for emergency room patients. More recent studies of emergency room decision making are then reviewed, with particular attention to those that had multivariate statistical designs. The article concludes with a synthesis of the research findings to date and recommends multivariate approaches and choices of variables for future studies.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1988P500800002

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  • Evaluating the conceptualizations and treatment plans of interns and supervisors during a psychology internship. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology Newman, F., Kopta, S. M., McGovern, M. P., Howard, K. I., McNeilly, C. L. 1988; 56 (5): 659-665
  • On the integration of state hospital and community-based services for the chronic mentally ill: A systemic case study. Hospital and Community Psychiatry Pomp, H., McGovern, M. 1988; 39 (5): 553-555
  • The implementation of a single system model for psychiatric chronicity: The initial stage and its analysis Administration and Policy in Mental Health Pomp, H. C., McGovern, M. P. 1988; 16 (2): 79-87
  • SIMPLE MEASURES OF CASE MIX IN MENTAL-HEALTH-SERVICES EVALUATION AND PROGRAM PLANNING NEWMAN, F. L., McGovern, M. P. 1987; 10 (3): 197-200

    Abstract

    The concept of Case Mix in community mental health service program evaluation can be useful in mental health program evaluation if the definition of case mix is expanded beyond Diagnostic Related Groups (DRG), where DRG is solely based upon diagnosis and length of hospitalization stay. A case mix definition based upon two principal characteristics is offered. One characteristic is clinical status defined in terms of diagnostic signs and symptoms, level of functioning, and age. The other characteristic is typical treatment strategy for a given period of time (e.g., 13 weeks). Two cases mixes typical of services designed for the chronically mentally ill are discussed.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1987J916300003

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  • The role of academic psychiatry in public mental health. Contemporary Psychiatry Pomp, H., McGovern, M. 1987; 6 (2): 73-76
  • Emergency psychiatry comes of age. Contemporary Psychiatry McGovern, M. 1987; 6 (4): 238-239
  • METATHEORETICAL ASSUMPTIONS AND PSYCHOTHERAPY ORIENTATION - CLINICIAN ATTRIBUTIONS OF PATIENTS PROBLEM CAUSALITY AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR TREATMENT OUTCOME JOURNAL OF CONSULTING AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY McGovern, M. P., NEWMAN, F. L., Kopta, S. M. 1986; 54 (4): 476-481

    View details for Web of Science ID A1986D465500011

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  • PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC ORIENTATIONS - A COMPARISON OF CONCEPTUALIZATIONS, INTERVENTIONS, AND TREATMENT PLAN COSTS JOURNAL OF CONSULTING AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY Kopta, S. M., NEWMAN, F. L., McGovern, M. P., Sandrock, D. 1986; 54 (3): 369-374

    View details for Web of Science ID A1986C428900017

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  • Medical versus social treatment of alcohol withdrawal. Digest of Alcoholism Theory and Application McGovern, M. 1984; 4 (1): 60-68
  • COMPARATIVE-EVALUATION OF MEDICAL VS SOCIAL TREATMENT OF ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY McGovern, M. P. 1983; 39 (5): 791-803

    Abstract

    Compared medical and social setting detoxification treatments of alcohol withdrawal syndrome on the degree to which each involved alcoholics in ongoing rehabilitative efforts. Two hundred patients were selected randomly from both treatments and administered the Physical Problem Inventory, Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test, Assessment of Life Experience, and Level of Motivation scales. Analysis of covariance with multiple covariates was employed to assess the effect of the treatment model on willingness to continue rehabilitation as measured by the dependent variable, ongoing referral status. The difference between detoxification treatment models was highly significant, and none of the covariates, which controlled for pretest differences and the assignment process, was significant. Results are discussed in the context of current notions of pharmacotherapy, learning, and physiological models of withdrawal treatment. In addition, expectancies, in terms of perceived responsibility for outcome, are discussed as important factors that contribute to the discrepancy between medical vs. social models in the treatment of alcoholism.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1983RH79000026

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  • OUTCOME PREDICTION OF INPATIENT ALCOHOL DETOXIFICATION ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS McGovern, M. P., CAPUTO, G. C. 1983; 8 (2): 167-171

    Abstract

    A wide range of patient characteristics was assessed to determine their relative contribution upon alcohol detoxification treatment outcome. The outcome criteria were length of stay and commitment to ongoing rehabilitation, of which 17% and 24% of respective variance was accounted for by the predictor variables. The Internal-External Locus of Control scale was the most significant predictor, with internals tending toward successful treatment outcomes. The measures which tapped degree of socio-economic life satisfaction and physiological complications due to alcohol abuse, were inversely related to positive outcomes.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1983QX55000010

    View details for PubMedID 6613715

  • A multiple perspective analysis of schizophrenics' symptoms and community functioning. American Journal of Community Psychology Turner, R., McGovern, M., Sandrock, D. 1983; 11 (5): 593–607
  • A naturalistic assessment of partial-hospital treatment. International journal of partial hospitalization Turner, R. M., McGovern, M., Donneson, G., Sandrock, D., Burstein, D. 1982; 1 (4): 311-326

    Abstract

    Three hundred fifty-eight consecutive admissions to 13 partial hospitals were evaluated over an 8-month period. The design of the study focused on an unobstrusive measurement process involving clinical judgment of outcome. Analyses revealed that the clinical judgment process generated data which were both reliable and valid. The results of the study indicate that partial-hospital treatment is most effective for chronic and acute schizophrenic conditions, paranoid schizophrenia, and affective disorders and least so far patients diagnosed as adjustment disorders. Patients in the organic and neurotic diagnostic categories tended to remain stable. As in previous research, the pretreatment levels of the dependent variables were the best predictors of improvement, but the present study also reveals that progressive amounts of partial-hospital treatment lead to a greater improvement in patient functioning.

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  • ALCOHOLISM IN SOUTHEAST-ASIA PREVALENCE AND TREATMENT INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY McGovern, M. P. 1982; 28 (1): 36-44

    Abstract

    A pilot, field investigation of the prevalence and treatment of alcoholism in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, and Thailand) and conducted. The methodology combined an informant study, interviewing leading alcohol and drug abuse authorities; utilising existing data; and clinical and naturalistic observation. The effects of modernisation, multiracial culture, and the unilateral focus on opiates are discussed; recommendations on treatment, education, and research are presented.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1982ND10000005

    View details for PubMedID 6980858