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Screening and assessment 

This section explores the inter-related steps of screening, assessment and treatment planning. Each step addresses the possibility that the client has both substance use and mental health problems.


Screening is a brief process that indicates whether it is likely that a person has a substance use and/or mental health problem that should be explored further.


In the assessment stage, the client and clinician establish the nature and severity of the problem(s), the client’s strengths and social supports, and the client’s readiness to change.

Treatment planning

Treatment planning includes developing goals and outcomes, and choosing a comprehensive set of staged, integrated treatment interventions for each problem. The plan is matched to the client’s individual needs, readiness, preferences and personal goals.


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