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Mental Health and Addiction Screening and Assessment

The aim of this resource is to promote the use of standardised and consistent high quality mental health and addiction screening and comprehensive assessment processes in mental health and addiction services. The recommended screening processes are also relevant and appropriate to utilise in related services such as primary care and results can be used to inform the appropriate stage of intervention on a stepped care pathway. It is hoped that people, families and whānau needing addiction and mental health support receive care appropriate to their wants and needs based on appropriate screening and, where specialist care is required, a thorough comprehensive assessment and holistic understanding of the person and their whānau.