Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder comorbidity special approaches

​​​In 2013, Cardinal Innovations developed and began implementing the Comprehensive Community Clinic (CCC) model in our Northern Region counties. In the Piedmont Region, this model builds upon the previous Comprehensive Community Provider (CCP) model. The CCC model ensures co-location of basic mental health and substance use disorder services locally within the same agency. CCCs must employ therapists licensed in mental health as well as substance use disorder assessment and treatment. CCCs are assigned by county and located throughout Cardinal Innovations' catchment areas. Additionally, whenever a member with specific MH or SA diagnosis is placed in a team-based enhanced service (e.g., ACTT, CST, IIH, MST), Cardinal Innovations' UM Care Managers ensure the team members have the appropriate licensure and expertise. When this is not the case, we require the member be moved to a more appropriately credentialed team. Lastly, if a member requires a service that is disability specific (e.g., SAIOP, SACOT) and requires treatment for another disability, we expect our providers to ensure the consumer is linked to another medically-necessary service either within or outside of that agency. Our UM Care Managers also ensure this linkage has occurred when reviewing cases where MH/SA comorbidities are present.​