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The Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017 is new legislation that requires addiction practitioners working in statutory roles to develop new knowledge and skills.
Skills to carry out capacity assessments and provide mana enhancing care have been identified as being the greatest need.
These videos are edited highlights of specific training provided in these skills by the Ministry of Health and Matua Raḵi and complement online resources including e-learning and guidelines (see right).
The Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017 is unique in compulsory treatment legislation in that it includes mana enhancing care as a core feature of the care provided.
The inclusion of capacity assessment as a major criteria for use of the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017 is unique within current compulsory assessment and treatment legislation. However there is a substantial body of work that has informed the inclusion of the capacity assessment in the Act.
Capacity assessment is perhaps the most unfamiliar skill involved in the Act for most practitioners.