The Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority (VHHSBA) has released design guidelines outlining best practice design principles for new alcohol and other drug residential rehabilitation facilities. These guidelines have been developed for use by project staff, architects, planners, engineers, project managers and other consultants, and for end users. It is intended to assist with the planning and design of a new facility that will be fit for purpose in accordance with its designated service role and defined population.

These guidelines are informed by:

  • an alcohol and other drug model of care workshop facilitated by the department's Drug Policy and Reform branch, conducted with a range of service providers
  • an alcohol and other drug design principles workshop facilitated by the department's Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority and conducted with a range of service providers with Drug Policy and Reform branch in attendance
  • an alcohol and other drug design principles workshop facilitated by the department's Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority and conducted with a range of clients with Drug Policy and Reform branch in attendance
  • site visits to various alcohol and other drug rehabilitation facilities.

The Alcohol and other Drug residential rehabilitation facility design guidelines can be found at the VHHSBA website.