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Systems Planning

​​​​Substance use treatment takes place within a complex system of health and social services. Improving treatment services means working with all parts of that system. That work takes planning and time, and often involves change and collaboration. Using a change management approach helps make sure that improvements to the system are effective and sustainable.

​​​CCSA has developed the Systems Approach Workbook, a collection of modules designed to support systems planning for substance use treatment.

The Systems Approach Workbook

Who should use this workbook?

  • Leaders and decision makers in the substance abuse and mental health services field, such as regional directors and program managers.

  • Anyone interested in learning more about a system-change approach to improving substance use and mental health services and supports.

Workbook Modules

View the Systems Approach Glossary to understand key terminology.

Change Management

Topics to Consider

Tools and Templates for Substance Use Treatment Systems

Case Studies

Learn how partners are applying the Systems Approach.