Forty-five administrators of drug treatment programs in Los Angeles
County were surveyed about the adequacy of mental health services within
their program and the drug treatment system. Approximately half agreed that
dually diagnosed clients are not served within the system, and the majority
noted that their programs restrict admission of such clients.
Administrators of outpatient drug-free programs and methadone maintenance
programs were more likely to characterize their mental health services as
inadequate or unavailable than were administrators of other types of
programs. The findings suggest the need to increase awareness of the
treatment needs of dually diagnosed clients in drug treatment programs.