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National Drug Rehabilitation Framework (NDRF)

Rehabilitation emerged as a key issue during the lifetime of the previous National Drugs Strategy (2001-2008). Arising from this a working group was set up and the Report of the Working Group on Drugs Rehabilitation 2007 mapped out rehabilitation policy and a strategy for integrated drugs rehabilitation services. The National Drug Rehabilitation Implementation Committee (NDRIC) was established to oversee the implementation of this report. NDRIC was an interagency committee that reported to the Oversight Forum on Drugs. 

NDRIC developed the National Drugs Rehabilitation Framework 2010 to provide “a framework through which service providers will ensure that individuals affected by drug misuse are offered a range of integrated options tailored to meet their needs and create for them an individual rehabilitation pathway.”

In 2011 ten sites piloted the Framework to inform future national roll-out using the National Protocols and Common Assessment Guidelines. In November 2013, the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at Trinity College Dublin conducted an Evaluation Report of the National Drugs Rehabilitation Framework Pilot.

The evaluation assessed the quality and effects of the Framework and examined the perceived usefulness of the Framework tools (protocols, minimum standards for initial, comprehensive assessments and care plans within a quality framework). The quality of the Framework tested well and the Evaluation found that there was near universal enthusiasm for the Framework. There was optimism that its aims could be achieved if commitments to the Framework were re-iterated by all agencies.

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