Specialized screening and case management appear promising in identifying substance use disorders in welfare offices and integrating them into substance abuse treatment.
Specialized screening has been shown to be an efficient approach for identifying substance use disorders in welfare offices Both care coordination and intensive case management are useful in integrating substance abuse treatment into welfare programming. Morgenstern et al. have shown that intensive case management (compared to the standard practice of screening and referral) was more successful in engaging women with substance use disorders into outpatient care and retaining them once they enter treatment (2006). Morgenstern et al.s recent findings also provide support for the effectiveness of intensive case management in increasing rates of longer-term abstinence and employment among drug-dependent women receiving TANF compared with those in the screening and referral model (Morgenstern et al., 2009).