Treatment programs for individuals with co-occurring disorders come in all sizes and varieties. Their clients have differing levels of impairment. They operate in various components of the continuum of care. They exist as stand-alone treatment programs or as part of a larger treatment system, yet each must have certain basic qualities to be effective. These qualities include the following:

• easy accessibility to treatment services; • treatment provided in an integrated manner; • a competency-based view of clients; • availability of a basic set of core services; • flexibility of initial treatment requirements; • variable lengths of stay; • availability to a full continuum of care; and • treatment services coordinated with other support services.