All the National Drug Control and Drug Addiction Prevention Programmes (1999-2003, 2004-08, 2010-16) implemented in Lithuania have emphasised the need to develop the quality of healthcare and social services, as well as accessibility for individuals who are dependent on drugs. To achieve this purpose, measures were prepared and implemented and resulted in an increase in the availability and improvement in the quality and accessibility of treatment and healthcare services for drug users each year.
Since 2012, the National Centre for Special Needs Education and Psychology, together with six partners, has accredited prevention programmes that are implemented in educational settings within the project ‘Creating a safe environment in school’. All school-based programmes are accredited according to the same criteria, which are set out in a special order. In 2012, the methodological recommendations ‘Development of psychoactive substance control and prevention programmes in the municipalities of Lithuania’ were issued to promote evidence-based development and evaluation of municipality-based prevention programmes.
Specialised drug treatment is provided by healthcare establishments that possess a valid licence to provide mental healthcare. The scope, type and duration of treatment and rehabilitation services for dependence disorders were established by a 2002 Resolution of the Minister of Health on the Approval of Standard of Treatment and Rehabilitation of Dependence Disorders. Since 2015, rehabilitation services defined as social care establishments for people vulnerable to social risks and people dependent on psychoactive substances may be provided only by psychological social rehabilitation facilities that have been licensed by the Department of Supervision for Social Services at the Ministry of Social Security and Labour.
Government institutions provide education and specialised training for professionals working in the field of demand reduction. Education and training institutions, including universities, have mandatory and voluntary addiction training courses for various professionals (social workers, medical staff and others).
Education and training institutions, including universities, have mandatory and voluntary addiction training courses for various professionals