- The Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act 2010 (SSDTA) provides for a brief period of detention and treatment of people with severe substance dependence in a treatment centre.
- The SSDTA only applies to people with the most severe substance dependence who are incapable of making decisions about their substance use and personal health, welfare and safety due primarily to their substance dependence.
About compulsory treatment
Detention and treatment under the Act must always be an option of last resort. Detention must be the only means by which treatment can be provided and there must be no less restrictive means reasonably available to ensure the treatment.
The person making the application must be aged over 18. The applicant must complete an application form and obtain a recommendation from a prescribed registered medical practitioner that the person subject of the application satisfies the strict criteria for detention and treatment under the Act. Both the medical practitioner's recommendation and the application should then be lodged with a Magistrates' Court by the person making the application. Upon approval by the Court, the person is admitted to the treatment centre.
About the Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act 2010
The Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act 2010 allows for the detention and treatment of a small group of people with severe substance dependence.
Information for people detained under the Act, their carers and their family
People detained under the Act and their carers and family should understand the provisions of the Act
Information for prescribed registered medical practitioners
Only prescribed registered medical practitioners can make recommendations for an alcohol and other drug detention and treatment order.
Information for other health professionals
A defined process must be followed for detention and treatment orders under the Victorian Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act.
Step-by-step application and order process
The Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act was reviewed in 2015 to determine whether the Act is effective or requires amendment.
Factsheets and forms relating to applications for a detention and treatment order under the Act
Reviewed 08 September 2015