Figure 3-5. Assessing the Agency's Potential To Serve Clients With COD

1. Describe the profile of current clients with COD and any potential changes anticipated.
• Estimate the prevalence of persons with COD among the agency's clients. (One of the screening tools recommended in chapter 4 may be appropriate for this purpose.)
• What are the demographics of persons with COD?
• What functional problems do they have?
• Are there clients with COD who seek care at the agency who are referred elsewhere? What is the profile of these clients?
2. Identify services needed by clients.
• What services are needed by existing and potential clients?
3. Identify and assess resources available to meet client needs.
• What services are immediately available to the program?
• What services could be added within the program?
• What services are available from the community that would enhance care?
• How well are outside agencies meeting clients; needs?
4. Assess resource gaps.
• What resources are needed to enhance treatment for persons with COD?
• What can your agency, specifically, do to enhance its capacity to serve these clients?
5. Assess capacity.
• Realistically assess the capacity of your agency to address these resource gaps.
6. Develop a plan to enhance capacity to treat clients with COD.
• How can the skills of existing staff be increased?
• Can additional expertise be accessed through consulting agreements or similar arrangements?
• What additional programs or services can be offered?
• What sources of funding might support efforts to enhance capacity?

From: 3 Keys to Successful Programming

Cover of Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders
Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders.
Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 42.
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

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