Treatment Service Specifications

Treatment Service Specifications
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Added 19/06/2017

Treatment Service Specifications (TSS) aim to provide guidance to both purchasers and providers of NGO services in the alcohol and other drug treatment sector. They aim to facilitate statewide consistency of contemporary and high quality, evidence based service delivery in NSW. The intention behind described treatment service specifications is to give the provider sufficient guidance that they can plan the organisational structures, conditions and resources needed to deliver the service; and to give purchasers clarity about what they are purchasing. It should be noted that the TSS are not the same as clinical guidelines-clinical guidelines provide direction to clinicians in working with an individual client. Four treatment types are described and include:

- withdrawal management
- psychosocial counselling
- residential treatment
- day programs.

The TSS project was instigated and project managed by NADA, under funding provided by the NSW Ministry for Health. NADA engaged the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC-Drug Policy Modelling Program) to develop the service specifications in close consultation with the NADA specialist membership.

To download the TSS, click here [PDF].