A Dependency Certificate, which allows a person to be involuntarily admitted, may only be issued if the Accredited Medical Practitioner (AMP) at the Treatment Centre is satisfied the person meets the following criteria:
- The person has a severe substance dependence, meaning they:
- have a tolerance to a substance
- show withdrawal symptoms when they stop or reduce levels of its use
- do not have the capacity to make decisions about their substance use and
- personal welfare primarily because of their dependence on the substance AND
- The care, treatment or control of the person is necessary to protect the
- person from serious harm, AND
- The person is likely to benefit from treatment for his or her substance dependence but has refused treatment, AND
- No other appropriate and less restrictive means for dealing with the person are reasonably available.
Referrals will be accepted from all over the state as long as the person is 18 years or older.
In deciding whether a person requires involuntary care the AMP may also have regard to any serious harm that may occur to children in the care of the person, or other dependants.
Health workers, family members and other concerned parties, in consultation with a Medical Practitioner (MP), can identify a patient as potentially suitable for IDAT and seek to have a comprehensive assessment conducted for IDAT eligibility. On determining eligibility, the identified person must then be referred by a MP to an Accredited Medical Practitioner (AMP) for an assessment for a Dependency Certificate.
If you require additional information, please contact:
- ADIS (Alcohol and Drug Information Service) at 02 9361 8000 or 1800 422 599 (outside Sydney); or
- Your local Drug and Alcohol Centralised Intake Number.
Contact your local Drug and Alcohol Centralised Intake Number.
An AMP can issue a dependency certificate detaining the person for treatment under the Act for up to 28 days in the first instance. There is an option to extend the Dependency Certificate for up to a total treatment period of three months, in extreme circumstances, where withdrawal, stabilisation and discharge planning may take longer.