Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center on the Continuum of Care

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Extended Continuing Care

It is now generally accepted that substance use disorders can be chronic conditions for many patients who enter the treatment system. One of the primary research areas of this Center is the development and evaluation of extended continuing care treatment models that are designed to better manage substance use disorders over time. These models provide care for as long as 24 months, through a combination of face-to-face clinic visits and telephone monitoring and counseling. Research in this area is currently focused on the efficacy of different long-term interventions, methods to enhance sustained participation in treatment, and economic issues such as the cost-effectiveness and benefit-cost of the interventions.