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Substance Use Disorders

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This resource brief provides a selection of current, high-quality resources about substance use disorders and their public health impact. Resources relate to alcohol, cannabis (marijuana), stimulants, hallucinogen, and opioid disorders; these resources are chosen from NTTAP partners based on utility for use by community health centers.

About the Issue

Substance use disorders, as classified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), “occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.”1 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), maintains a publications and resources portal that contains evidence-based and best practices, information on co-occurring disorders, national strategies and initiatives, access to national resources, and information on how to request technical assistance from a network of federally-supported centers.

HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) Behavioral Health (BH) has launched a behavioral health technical assistance (TA) portal that allows HRSA-funded health centers to request TA and obtain updates on available technical assistance services and training events.

Focused Resource

Strategies for Addressing the Opioid Crisis and Health Centers

Annotation: Health centers and supportive housing providers are exploring practical approaches and funding strategies to address the impact of the Opioid Crisis on homeless and vulnerable populations. Audience: Clinicians. Developed by: Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). See other resources developed by CSH.

Highlighted Resources from the Clearinghouse

These resources have been developed by our partners and serve as an introduction to the topic.

Health Center on the Forefront of the Substance Use Treatment

Annotation: An infographic showing how health centers have responded ot rising demand for substance use disorder (SUD)treatment and counseling during the ongoing opioid crisis. In addition to opioids and other SUDS, the infographic shows changes in other behavioral health services at health centers, including for alcohol dependence and tobacco cessation. Audience: n.a. Developed by: National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). See other resources developed by NACHC.

Integrating Buprenorphine Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder into Health Centers

Annotation: This fact sheet provides an overview of key clinical challenges , strategies and considerations when integrating bupernorphine therapy into health centers. Audience: Health Center Staff. Developed by: National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). See other resources developed by NACHC.

All Resources from the Clearinghouse

The clearinghouse actively collects focused resources on this topic. You can view all resources within the clearinghouse related to substance use disorders here.


1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Substance Use Disorders.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit