Blueprint for city’s anti-drug program waiting for approval

THE DAVAO City’s Anti-Drug Abuse Council recently produced a manual to serve as blueprint for the local government’s rehabilitation program for addicts.

This was a result of the recent inter-agency training for the operations of a community-based rehabilitation and after care program (CBRAP) last week.

“The manual is ready for printing and will be formally presented to Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and President Rodrigo Duterte,” said Michael Aportadera, action officer of the council.

Aportadera said CBRAP is intended to provide primary interventions for reformists with low-risk drug dependency levels in a community setting, tapping service providers both private or government agencies as resources.

“All health centers shall have trained personnel to conduct intake, dependency screening and clinical drug screening. The city will also mobilize all line agencies to provide guidelines so that the reformists can access their services,” Aportadera added.

He said resources are yet to be finalized to make operations sustainable.

“We need to finalize the available resources of the community [and partners] and ensure their commitment because this is a community effort,” he said, adding that the city will identify areas that needs budget allocation in the implementation and provision of continuum of care.

Part of CBRAP’s short term goals, Aportadera said, are to provide diagnostic and functional assessments.

“It is from these two assessments that we can derive a treatment plan for long or short term rehabilitation,” he said.

Before the year ends, Aportadera said his department hopes to reconcile data from the Philippine National Police in relation to the number of reformists enrolled in the CBRAP, as well as those referred to rehabilitation facilities, the dropouts and defaulters.

Reformists will also be provided immediate cash for work, food for recovery, attendance in weekly engagements in the health centers or partner higher educational institutions, and preventive care for comorbidities, or those with dual diagnosis.

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