IOM Report Offers Recommendations for Improving Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment and Care

Implications of Crossing the Quality Chasm report for the treatment of mental and addictive disorders

In March 2005, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report, Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions. It presents an agenda for strengthening mental health and substance abuse treatment and care.

The report was the product of an IOM committee charged with examining the implications of a 2001 institute report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, for the treatment of mental health and addictive conditions.

Key Recommendations

  • "Health care for general, mental and substance-use problems and illnesses must be delivered with an understanding of the inherent interactions between the mind/brain and the rest of the body."

  • "The aims, rules and strategies for redesign set forth in Crossing the Quality Chasm should be applied throughout [mental and substance-use] health care on a day-to-day operational basis, but tailored to reflect the characteristics that distinguish care for these problems and illnesses from general health care."