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Conflicts Among CMHC Clinicians Over the Role of Urine Drug Testing
Debra S. Srebnik, Ph.D.; Michael G. McDonell, Ph.D.; Richard K. Ries, M.D.; Graydon Andrus, M.S.W.
Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300489
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Dr. Srebnik, Dr. McDonell, and Dr. Ries are with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle. Mr. Andrus is with the Downtown Emergency Services Center, Seattle.

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association

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To the Editor: Urine drug testing is standard practice in addiction treatment (1,2), but we know little about its use in community mental health centers (CMHCs), where most treatment occurs for individuals with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (3). With the advent of affordable, self-reading urine drug-screening cups, an examination of the potential use of urine drug testing in CMHCs is timely.

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