Fred Garcia
Office of Program Services

State of Washington
Department of Social and Health Services
Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Please accept this letter as a note of congratulations and of appreciation. You are indeed to be congratulated for publishing The Basics – Second Edition – A Curriculum for Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders. It is evident that a tremendous amount of work, research, editing, time, and passion were invested in completing this two-volume set. It truly is a tool for the field, a primer, and a sophisticated compilation of the art, science, and practice of treating the patients in the chemical dependency and mental health fields.

Also, sincere appreciation is due for your continuing significant contribution to the treatment of co-occurring substance dependence and mental illness diagnoses. The volumes are rich with tools, techniques, and information for the counselor or therapist. This adds to the literature that is guiding clinical staff all across the nation – a most significant clinical contribution.

Finally, I wish to thank you for your contribution of the publication to the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA). I have sent e-mail to our clinical and management staff alerting them of the availability of this resource and this has been met with anticipation and excitement. The volumes have been placed in DASA’s library and will be available for staff to check out. I can assure you these will be used. Thank you very much.


Kenneth Minkoff, M.D.
Dr. Minkoff is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on integrated treatment of individuals with co-occurring psychiatric and substance disorders (ICOPSD) or “dual diagnosis.”

“I am delighted to be able to recommend The Basics, Second Edition for clinicians in both the mental health and addiction treatment fields .” (excerpt from the Foreword of The Basics, Second Edition, May 1, 2004) “Rhonda, The Basics, Second Edition, is a wonderful achievement. I have never seen so much material packed into one piece of work. Great job. I am bringing it with me everywhere.”  Ken (August 11, 2004)


Marilyn Wilson, M.A.
Director, Clinical Services
Spokane Mental Health, a non-profit organization, has been one of the leading behavioral health care providers in the Inland Northwest for over 30 years.

“The information is organized in a way that allows group facilitators to present the material in a structured and consistent way and lends itself to cross training of staff.  Consumers find the material helpful both in an educational and practical way. The handouts allow each consumer to individualize the material to fit their own experiences and help them learn about how their mental illness and their substance use are connected.”


Benjamin T. Descoteaux, M.Ed., CDP, MHP
Chemical Dependency Professional and Mental Health Professional with Okanogan Behavioral Health Care, a rural community behavioral health care clinic serving all of Okanogan County in Washington State.

“The Basics has proven to be an invaluable resource.  It has become an integral component of my group therapy services by providing comprehensive, practical, and easily understood information in a facilitator-friendly format.”


Sean Patrick Humphrey, M.Ed.
McNeil Island Correctional Facility is a medium security adult facility located at Steilacoom, Washington.

“It is a pleasure to use a text that is laid out in such a way as to bring clarity to an often confusing and murky way of life. Rhonda McKillip has incorporated the spirit of the 12 Steps in the recovery phrasing, bringing the three: mental illness, chemical dependency, and recovery together into a luminescent, coalescent whole. The lessons are laid out with instructions that could be followed not only by the seasoned professional but also by an intern. Rhonda recognizes the tendency of this population to have limited attention and therefore offers work sheets in the back of each lesson that are quick, easy and pertinent. ”


Mark R. Brownlow
Administrator, Spokane Addiction Recovery Centers (SPARC)
SPARC is a non-profit organization providing inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment services in Spokane, Washington since 1965.

“Rhonda McKillip’s The Basics was the single most helpful product we have come across to insure consistent client educational information in our inpatient, residential, and outpatient levels of care. I highly recommend The Basics , Second Edition to counselors or agencies that work with this population.”


Jeff Thomas, MSW, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Family Service
Spokane Family Service Spokane is a private, non-profit agency that provides outpatient mental health services.

“The Basics is more valuable and relevant than ever for agencies providing mental health services. The Basics has been drawn on heavily by agency clinicians and served as a valuable resource in individual and group work. It is designed to respond to the needs of individuals with co-occurring disorders rather than having to “reinvent the wheel.”


Kathy Armstrong,   M.Ed., LMHC, CDP, MHP
Dual Certified Therapist who has used The Basics, 1995, in the Mental Health, Addiction, and Dual Disorders Treatment Fields in Spokane, WA

“Since I have used your material I have seen clients who have had very poor prognosis turn their lives around. They report they like the material because it is simple and to the point. They also like the fact that it is not played down to them, that is we believe that they are intelligent people who can handle the educational material. I, as the facilitator, really appreciate your material because you have combined in each lecture both chemical dependency and mental health material. You have blended it in a way that is understandable and easy to present to clients who are many times cognitively impaired.”

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