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Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office
These guidelines outline and clarify the role of service providers in the Magistrates' early referral into treatment (MERIT) program at each stage of the program (from referral to exit) with regard to residential treatment and services. The guidelines:
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract
These guidelines are for both the government and non government sector. They are intended for all staff within MERIT teams and residential treatment agencies providing drug, health and related services to MERIT program participants.
Magistrates' early referral into treatment (MERIT) is a program available in most local courts in New South Wales (NSW) that provides the opportunity for adult defendants with substance use problems to work, on a voluntary basis, towards rehabilitation as part of the bail process.