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In 2008, the Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (NADA) commenced implementation of its Drug and alcohol and mental health information management (DAMH) project. The goal of this project was to improve the way outcomes of care are measured in non government drug and alcohol organisations in NSW, with a particular focus on co-occurring disorders and mental health outcomes in drug and alcohol services. The four year project, funded by NSW Health as part of the New direction in mental health strategy, aimed to deliver:
The initial phase of the project involved 10 NADA member organisations receiving training and agreeing to implement the assessment tool as part of a the pilot project. By the beginning of 2011, 7 of the 10 organisations - including Aboriginal medical and rehabilitation services - had successfully implemented the tool and reported a range of positive outcomes as a result. Based on the success of the pilot, the evaluators recommend the ongoing rollout of the tool using a tranche-based implementation model, involving 10-12 providers being trained and supported by NADA for a minimum of four to six months. They also recommended the extension of the state-wide implementation phase until mid-2013 to enable sufficient support to be delivered to organisations in the establishment phase, utilising NADA's established continuous improvement processes.
The outcomes of the initial phases of the project resulted in improvements to the program which is now called the Client outcomes management system (COMS).
Abstract adapted from Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies
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