Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017

Supporting the workforce to develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively within the Act

The Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017 came into effect on 21 February 2018. 

Compulsory assessment and treatment is an option of last resort and the Act reflects that the human right to liberty must only be taken away when people are at serious risk of harm and do not have the capacity to make decisions about treatment.  

As part of protecting those rights the Act introduced new processes, roles and expectations for the addiction workforce.

Matua Raḵi continues to work closely with the Ministry of Health to support the workforce to develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively within the parameters of the Act. 

Ongoing training, face-to-face and online, will be developed and provided as resources allow. 

For further information go to the Ministry of Health website.