Key messages

  • Catchment-based intake and assessment services are the critical entry points into the Victorian alcohol and other drug service system.
  • Intake and assessment services assist people to access and navigate the alcohol and other drug treatment system.
  • The Catchment based intake and assessment guide provides an overview of the intake and assessment function and requirements.
  • Information is provided on the scope of services, the target group and priority populations, screening, and assessment and referral pathways.
  • The guide outlines the interface between intake and assessment providers and other services and entry points across the service system.
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Upcoming service delivery changes

As of 1 July 2017, responsibility for conducting comprehensive assessment and treatment planning for voluntary clients will move from intake providers to treatment providers.

Please visit the Adult community-based alcohol and other drug service provision review section for more information

Catchment-based intake and assessment services are the critical entry points into the Victorian alcohol and other drug service system.

The intake and assessment function supports client pathways to all Victorian alcohol and other drug services, including youth, adult, residential and non-residential, state and Commonwealth-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services.

Intake and assessment services are available in each of the 16 metropolitan and rural catchments across Victoria to help people navigate the alcohol and other drug treatment system.

About the intake and assessment guide

The Catchment based intake and assessment guide (April 2015) outlines the requirements of the intake and assessment function. It is particularly directed to catchment-based intake and assessment providers.

The guide provides information for catchment-based intake and assessment providers and other service providers about:

  • the scope of intake and assessment services
  • target group and prioritisation
  • screening, assessment and referral
  • the interface with other Victorian alcohol and other drug services, as well as non- alcohol and other drug services that refer clients for alcohol and other drug treatment
  • the bed vacancy register
  • walk-in clients
  • after-hours service requirements
  • waitlist support
  • information management.

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