Shardale work as part of a multi-agency team. Prior to admission we may liaise with social services, probation services, alcohol services, detox nurses and any other relevant agency if and when appropriate. This is to receive as much information about the individual as we possibly can to assist him/her with the treatment and recovery process thereby ensuring the best possible outcome.
Shardale will work alongside all recognised service providers to ensure individual need is met. Employment, housing and educational needs are an integral part of many of our programme participants’ care plans whilst at Shardale. During the treatment process it may therefore be necessary to engage on a ‘needs to know’ basis with other agencies, specifically in relation to benefits, education/training and housing needs.
Potential programme participants are usually referred by community based treatment services or local authority social services departments. It is a legal requirement (Community Care Act LAC (93) 7, paragraph 8) that service users must undertake an assessment by the placing local authority prior to assessment at Shardale. For applicants who are self-funding this requirement obviously does not apply.
Once the initial referral has been received by the Admissions Team it is our aim wherever possible to undertake a comprehensive assessment within two working days. This assessment will indicate the suitability of the Shardale programmes to address the applicant’s assessed treatment needs.