Co-occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders are defined as, “where an individual has at least one mental disorder as well as an alcohol or drug use disorder”. 

According to SAMHSA'S 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 9.2 million adults in the United States have a co-occurring disorder 



Established in 1999, members of the Co-Occurring Steering Committee include key stakeholders across the system committed to the utilization of the CCISC model and ensuring that Anne Arundel County provides an accessible, comprehensive behavioral health system for all residents.

 Participants on the Steering Committee are representatives from Anne Arundel County Department of Health and Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, mental-health and substance-use providers, hospital representatives, community, cultural-organization representatives, and more. 

Their goal is to ensure providers and referring agencies can successfully identify, refer and treat individuals with Co-Occurring issues. They provide input, direction, and influence on behavioral-health action planning in the county. Meetings are held via Zoom on the third Tuesday of every month at 9:00 AM ET.

Zoom Link for the Co-Occurring Steering Committee Monthly Meeting 

Meeting ID: 932 4749 5399

Passcode: 3H&E^Uw7

Email us for questions about the Co-Occurring Steering Committee


Addressing co-occurring issues and promoting behavioral health requires partnerships with other systems. 

Multiple groups, committees and task forces work together to address the health and wellbeing of Anne Arundel County residents.

View the Planning Committee Collaborators and Partnership Relationships

Established in 2008 under the auspice of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, Recovery Anne Arundel started as a small group of those interested in becoming change agents for individuals in or seeking recovery. 

Now its own nonprofit, this team of committed people educate and empower others on the experience and process of recovery through advocacy and special events. Group meets monthly. 

Visit the Recovery Anne Arundel Website

These are eight Core Competencies for Effective Co-Occurring Care, developed by the Workforce Development Workgroup under the Anne Arundel County Steering and Change Agent Committees.

Contributors to the development of these competencies have included representatives from the Anne Arundel County Health Department, Core Service Agency, mental-health agencies, child-service agencies, and substance-use-disorder agencies, along with private consultants and other stakeholders within the county service system.

Various research articles, federal publications, and other state publications across the country are acknowledged as an important part of this effort. The workgroup sought to identify core workforce competencies universal for the entire system, and to identify resources that were readily available, cost-effective, and time-efficient.

 These documents do not replace face-to-face dialogue, supervision, training, and hands-on experience, but offer a starting point for further exploration.