Illicit Substance Screening: Documentation

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To demonstrate that your organization is implementing a policy that meets the national standards for quality, an organization needs to maintain appropriate documentation of screenings.

It is recommended that your documentation include:

  • Name of the Resident
  • Date of the Screening
  • Type of Screening – for example, if this is an initial move-in screening, a screening based on suspicion of use, a follow-up screening, or a random screening.
  • The type of screening – what screening method was used.
  • The results of the screens – if they revealed substance use or not or were inconclusive.
  • Any other observations and notes
  • The staff member who is overseeing the screening
  • Collect resident acknowledgement and consent to perform the screening OR Document the resident’s refusal to participate in the screening.