9862 Referral to Ancillary Services Copy

(a) The DUI program may refer participants to ancillary services, such as family counseling, residential treatment, mental health treatment and outpatient services.

(b) Such referrals shall be voluntary, and the DUI program shall document the reasons for referral in the participant’s record.

(c) The cost of ancillary services shall not be part of the county administrative fee, but may be part of the funds allocated to the county by the Department pursuant to section 11818 of the Health and Safety Code.

(d) Referral to ancillary services shall not result, directly or indirectly, in increased revenues for the referring DUI program. Exceptions for good cause may be granted by the county alcohol program administrator on a case-by-case basis.

(e) Exceptions to voluntary referral to ancillary services and/or any referrals to services which require any additional fees, regardless of funding source, shall be made only on an individual basis with the approval of the county alcohol and drug program administrator.

Referrals are an important aspect of providing DUI Program treatment. The Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) TAP 21 Addiction Counseling Competencies, The Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes of Professional Practice is a good reference for counselors to understand the importance of the referral process within their counseling competencies.

Look at Section 2: Practice Dimensions, Part III Referral.

TAP 21’s definition of referral is:

The process of facilitating the client’s use of available support systems and community resources to meet needs identified in clinical evaluation or treatment planning.

In TAP 21 Referral is Competency 49:

Establish and maintain relationships with civic groups, agencies, other professionals, governmental entities, and the community at large to ensure appropriate referrals, identify service gaps, expand community resources, and help address unmet needs.

We would also recommend that Competency 50 is reviewed in conjunction with 49 to enhance the counselors referral process.

The Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes of a competent counselor are described within the TAP 21.

To access a free copy of TAP 21 follow this link to the SAMHSA website.