dual diagnosis and other complex needs

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What are the Checklists? 

A suite of tools that mental health or alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers OR agencies may use to:

  1. Reflect on and self-assess their existing level of dual diagnosis capability
  2. Identify training needs in relation to dual diagnosis capability
  3. Develop a time-lined plan of actions to further develop their levels of dual diagnosis capability

The suite includes versions suitable for:


Benefits and intended outcomes:

  • Documented, fine-grained indication of the agency’s or clinicians current level of dual diagnosis capability
  • Training needs analysis
  • Increased understanding of what being dual diagnosis capable involves
  • Recognition and ‘celebration’ of existing achievements in developing capability
  • Increased self–efficacy about further developing dual diagnosis capability
  • Development of a time-lined plan of next-step, strategies to further develop dual diagnosis capability


Recommended methodology - Agency level checklist:

This tool was designed to employ a self-audit methodology. In contrast to external, approaches to capability assessment self-audit methodologies offer benefits in regard to:

  • whole-team learnings about the rationale for and the nature of dual diagnosis capability
  • development of the team’s motivation to further develop the agency’s level of dual diagnosis capability

Hence it is important that as many members of the team as possible are involved in completing the agency checklist.

If the team prefers an outside facilitator, such as a dual diagnosis change agent, can help facilitate the self-assessment.


Recommended methodology - Clinician level checklists:

May be used for a variety of purposes including:

  • increasing clinicians’ understanding of, orientation to and self-efficacy about the development of dual diagnosis capability
  • evidence for staff appraisal processes or applications or in applying for positions in which dual diagnosis capability is a prerequisite
  • as pre and post tools to assess the efficacy of an intervention designed to build dual diagnosis capability
  • completion of the checklist at intervals allows clinicians to monitor and record their progress in developing dual diagnosis capability


Time to complete:

  • Agency level checklists: approx. 60 to 90 minutes. May be broken into stages if this is the only practicable way of finding the time
  • Clinician / worker level checklists: 10 to 20 minutes.