Treatment and Recovery in Behavioral Health for Americans With Disabilities
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Persons with disabilities in our society experience substance use and mental disorders at relatively high rates, yet special challenges exist for those who want to access and use treatment and recovery support services. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities, but how does this protection apply in providing treatment and recovery services for individuals with substance use and mental disorders? What are the barriers to access disabled persons face and how can these barriers be overcome? This show will explore a range of issues associated with treatment and recovery in behavioral health for disabled persons, including barriers to access, differences in outcomes, and options to diminish the incidence of discrimination.
Ivette Torres, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).