Screening and Assessment and Recovery Monitoring projects submit study protocol to Research Ethics Board

A comprehensive literature review on screening and assessment tools and outcome monitoring processes has been conducted, and two Environmental Scans (screening and assessment and recovery monitoring) of substance use agencies across Ontario have been completed.  Agencies were asked about the tools and processes they use, the outcomes they measure and overall satisfaction.

Preliminary findings include:

  • 90 – 97% reported using screening and/or assessment tools
  • There was considerable confusion regarding the definitions of, and differences between, screening and assessment processes
  • Agencies conducting within-treatment monitoring: 80%
  • Agencies conducting post-treatment monitoring: 40%

The project's consultation process

Since the Best Practice Screening and Assessment Procedures, Client Outcome Monitoring, Client Satisfaction and Assessment/Benchmark Addictions Treatment Costs projects and outcomes are closely linked, they have jointly developed an Advisory Group with separate Working Groups to address unique project content.

The project team has consulted with addiction and mental health stakeholders, via the Advisory Group and Working Groups, and other networks to obtain feedback regarding the results of the review process, proposed tools and protocol.  Consultations regarding potential overlay with existing Admission and Discharge Criteria and Assessment Tools (ADAT) have also been conducted.

The following pilot sites have been confirmed:

  • Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services (Ottawa)
  • Four Counties Addiction Services Team (Peterborough)
  • Addiction Services ofThamesValley(SouthWestern Ontario)
  • Hastings/Prince Edward County Addiction Program (Belleville)
  • Youth Child and Family Program – CAMH (Toronto)

Pilot tools

The team is also exploring the possibility of recruiting an additional 1-2 pilot agencies that provide withdrawal management and supportive residential options.

The study protocol was submitted to the Research Ethics Board (REB) on December 1st, 2011.

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