This procedure applies to all referrals for rehabilitation from alcohol addiction. There is an expectation that all referrals for rehabilitation will have been previously referred to the Hull Community Alcohol Team and will have gone through a detoxification process if necessary.

1. Principles

Rehabilitation from alcohol addiction is provided as part of a multi-agency approach and must only be considered as part of that approach and in full partnership with all concerned.

As there is no case manager, the social worker accepting responsibility for assessing for and accessing alcohol rehabilitation also has responsibility for wider issues e.g. liaison with children’s services, arranging transport and providing support to make sure pets are cared for and property safeguarded.

2. Procedural Steps

Step Action By Whom
1. When a referral is received from the Hull Community Alcohol Team, make sure the person has gone through, is going through or is about to go through a detoxification process unless there are clear reasons why this is not necessary. Social worker

The social worker will meet the customer with their allocated worker from the Hull Community Alcohol Team in order to share information about what the person can expect from the Social Worker and gain consent to assessment.

The social worker will discuss data sharing, confidentiality and the limits to confidentiality, i.e. that information will be shared if:

  • A child or adult is at risk of harm;
  • A worker is at risk of harm;
  • A worker is summoned to court to give evidence;
  • The information relates to a pending or previous criminal offence;
  • The person lacks mental capacity to consent to information sharing and it is in their best interest to do so;
  • It is required by law.
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3. If the referral has come through the criminal justice system, advice must be sought from the Drug and Alcohol Team Leader who will ascertain what funding is available. Social worker
4. The social worker will carry out an overview assessment and a positive risk assessment. If the customer meets the eligibility criteria, the Social Worker will identify a suitable placement, prepare a funding application and submit it to panel. Social worker
5. Because there is no case manager, the social worker will examine wider issues and make sure there are no barriers to entering and completing rehabilitation. In particular, the social worker will find out if there are any children for whom the customer has parental responsibility and will make a referral to the relevant childcare team if necessary. The Social Worker will also make sure that transport is available to convey the customer to and from the placement, that pets will be cared for and the customer’s property safeguarded during the placement. If there are no suitable alternatives, funding will be sought from panel to facilitate these things. Social worker
6. The proposed admission date to the rehab placement will be co-ordinated around the anticipated date the customer will complete the detoxification process. The social worker will commission the residential rehab placement to begin immediately upon completion of detoxification. There should be no gap and if detoxification has taken place in an inpatient unit or prison, the customer should travel directly from there to the rehab placement. There can be some flexibility in exceptional cases, but these should be closely monitored and supervised. Social worker
7. The social worker will co-ordinate contact between the service provider and the relevant Long Term Support Team (Adult Social Care), will send the paperwork to the Fairer Charging Team and enter details on Care First. Any concerns regarding health issues will be fed back to the Hull Community Alcohol Team. Social worker
8. The customer’s progress through rehab will be reviewed every six weeks by the customer, social worker and rehab staff and aftercare planning will take place. If the customer does not complete rehab, the social worker will make contact with the customer and discuss next steps. Social worker
9. Upon successful completion of rehab, the customer will access an intensive aftercare package to support their recovery prior to exiting the service completely Social worker

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