Concurrent disorders involve having both a diagnosed mental illness and an addiction. Anywhere from 20-80 per cent of clients in addictions and mental health have concurrent disorders, depending on the setting. 

A Concurrent Disorders task group was formed two years ago with representation from both services and an individual living with a mental illness and an addiction to identify the barriers to better care and improved outcomes for those living with concurrent disorders.

Here is the link to report by the task group based on the findings and recommendations of a number of working groups, "A Collaborative Framework: Caring for Individuals Living with Concurrent Disorders," maps out how, over the next few years, the organizations will transform their model of care to a collaborative model that will work better for clients.