We see the value in interagency protocols and would welcome them. It is important that voluntary sector agencies are included from the earliest stages in them. It would be helpful for there to be time-scales set for their development, as well as a clear commitment to them from all of the relevant agencies.It would also be helpful for there to be clarity in terms of confidentiality to be included in any protocols developed. Inter-agency protocols require in depth knowledge by each agency about other agencies’ roles, responsibilities, structures, remits and parameters. An element of awareness raising may well be an important prerequisite to the successful conclusion of good joint working practice.
In terms of minimum standards and the development of training to ensure minimum standards and qualifications for staff, it is vital that there is access for partner agencies (voluntary sector agencies) to such training resources so they will not be disadvantaged. Information and awareness raising between all services who work with those with addictions will be important in ensuring that services fit together. more details: E Conveyancing Brisbane
In relation to minimum standards, care must be taken to ensure the voluntary sector agencies need adequately resourced to meet these standards. With regard to a city-wide service level agreement which will be negotiated with GGHB regarding provision of social care support as an element of the methadone programme, detox and dual diagnosis services, we would appreciate more information on this. The report also suggests that social care support will be expanded to meet the current shortfalls in the methadone programme shared care, subject to the availability of additional resources. We would also ask who is being identified as providing social care support, and would again argue that the voluntary sector plays a pivotal role in providing social care support which social work services cannot always provide.
We welcome any review that takes a strategic view of service provision in relation to addictions. It would be helpful for more information regarding any review of addiction services purchased from the voluntary sector, and we recommend that it would be carried out in partnership with them. More rehab beds must be made available to homeless people. The Review correctly identifies the need to respond quickly when users are motivated to change however, often the wait to access residential rehab beds is extremely detrimental. For those leaving residential rehab. projects, there must be ways in which people can build upon their rehabilitation by retaining the support they need as well as developing their lives.