Historically, substance use and mental health systems and services have operated independently. Yet many people who access substance use services also have mental health disorders. Improving client care means ensuring people can easily access and navigate services that meet their needs, whether in substance use, mental health or both. Disconnected systems and services, in contrast, can create barriers and close doors to those seeking help.
This brief is intended to assist those using the Systems Approach report as a guiding framework for improving the accessibility, quality and range of services and support.