Journal of Dual Diagnosis
Community engagement research is widely discussed but rarely implemented. This paper describes the implementation of a community engagement research project on Dual Diagnosis Anonymous, a rapidly spreading peer support program in Oregon for people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. After three years of discussions, overcoming barriers, and involving several institutions, this grass-roots research project has been implemented and is expanding. Active participants in Dual Diagnosis Anonymous inspired and instructed policy makers, professionals, and students. Community engagement research requires front-line participants, community members, and professional collaborators to overcome multiple barriers with persistence and steadfastness. Building trust, collaboration, and structures for community engagement research takes time and a community effort.
Roush, S., Monica, C., Pavlovich, D., & Drake, R. E. (2015). Community engagement research and dual diagnosis anonymous. [Author Accepted Manuscript] Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 11(2), 142-144.