[353G-15] Accreditation and standards. All treatment programs and assessment programs providing services pursuant to this chapter shall be accredited by the department of health. In addition, the department of health shall designate accredited treatment programs and assessment programs that have special skills in providing treatment services and assessment services to persons involved in or referred from the criminal justice system. The department of health shall develop program standards to ensure the provision of the full continuum of care for persons ordered to participate in a treatment program pursuant to this chapter. The standards shall address, but need not be limited to, the following:

(1) Defining the continuum of care;

(2) Matching persons to appropriate treatment programs; and

(3) Recruiting and hiring practices representative of the population to be treated, including individuals in recovery from alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction. [L 1998, c 152, pt of 2]


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