Families that have alcohol and mental health problems: a template for partnership working

A universal protocol

The examples in this report suggest strongly that a universal protocol is preferable, with supplementary and specific material about working with drug, alcohol and mental health problems.

This parallels the National Service Framework for Older People with its Single Assessment Process, which is an overarching set of characteristics for local application. One example of this approach is Bournemouth’s protocol, devised by the ACPC and the Drug Action Team (DAT), with explicit expectations of local procedures.