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Planning, Evaluation & Research

RRM Category: BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

RRM Module: Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Overview:
The RRM Alcohol and Substance Abuse staffing module estimates the requirements for counselors and therapist to provide therapeutic counseling and referral services to serve individuals with problems of alcohol and substance abuse. The Alcohol and substance professionals serve as resource persons coordinating agency services and developing programs and facilities as well as conducting educational and training programs. The workload parameter that is the key variable in the staffing estimation is User Population and Average Daily Patient Load for inpatient facilities.

Services Description:
Alcohol and Substance Abuse services are designed to serve individuals with efforts focused on problems of alcohol and substance abuse. Professionals serve as resource persons coordinating agency services and developing programs and facilities as well as conducting educational and training programs.

Staffing Criteria:

AMBULATORY

0.70 FTE ASA Counselor for 1,000 or more User Population, plus 0.30 FTEs ASA Counselor for every 1,000 User Population above 1,000. 0.70 FTE ASA Therapist for 1,000 or more User Population, plus 0.30 FTEs ASA Therapist for every 1,000 User Population above 1,000. (Note: If the User Population is below 1,000 the are no FTEs.)

INPATIENT

0.10 FTE ASA Counselor for every 3 ADPL

STAFFING FORMULAE

Driving Variables:
User Population
ADPL

Personnel Categories:
ASA Counselor
ASA Therapist

MINIUM STAFFING LEVELS (fixed):

Personal Category FTEs per Driving Variables Min. Max.
ASA Counselor 0.7   User Population 1,000  
ASA Counselor 0.7   User Population 1,000  

VARIABLE STAFFING LEVELS: Personal Category FTEs per Driving Variables Min. Max. VARIABLE STAFFING LEVELS:

Personal Category FTEs per Driving Variables Min. Max.
ASA Counselor 0.3 1,000 User Population 1000 n/a
ASA Counselor 0.1 3 ADPL 3 n/a
ASA Therapist 0.3 1,000 User Population 1,000 n/a


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