Comorbidity treatment service model evaluation

The project

Page last updated: August 2009

The Comorbidity Treatment Service Model Evaluation project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) under the umbrella of the National Comorbidity Initiative.

The Comorbidity Treatment Service Model Evaluation project was established in May 2008 and completed in July 2009. The aims of the project were to:

  • Conduct necessary research to determine good practice, and thereby facilitate improved treatment outcomes for people with co-existing mental health and substance abuse problems.

  • Increase understanding of the impact of service structure on comorbidity treatment outcomes, as well as develop good practice model(s) to ensure improvements in comorbidity treatment service delivery.
The project had three components:
  • A literature review to determine the evidence base for different comorbidity treatment service delivery models.

  • Development of a treatment service model evaluation tool to gather information on the impact of service delivery models on treatment outcomes.

  • Evaluation of 17 comorbidity treatment service models with a focus on the service structure and diagnostic and treatment methods (the focus is not on the detail of methods of assessment, diagnosis, interventions, and client outcomes, unless these are related to the type of treatment service model).