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HUUTI: Counselling And Evaluation Services

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Summary

The Kurvi clinic is the only 24-hour centre for drug users in Finland providing counselling services, emergency care and assessment for the need of care. The 16-strong multi-professional staff also provides tailor-made education, consultation and work counselling.

Type of intervention:
prevention
Sub-area:
indicated,selective
Setting:
school
Type of approach:
Target group:
family/parents, adults, children/young people
Age group:
13-18
Annual coverage:
13
Substances addressed:
cannabis, opiates, cocaine and derivatives, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, process evaluation
Country:
Finland
Start date:
01/01/1997
End date:

Overall objective

The project aims at improving counselling services and access to care. The level of information will also be improved. Emphasis is placed on the importance of intervening with drug use among children and young people at an early stage.

Abstract

In response to strong pressure from those working in the field, the Deaconess Institute in Helsinki began planning for a drug clinic in 1995 in conjunction with other organisations and municipalities. The Kurvi drug clinic was opened in January 1997and already in March it provided 24-hour services. The Kurvi clinic was the only 24-hour centre for drug users in Finland providing counselling services, emergency care and assessment for the need of care. The multiprofessional staff also provides tailor-made education, consultation and work counselling. The Kurvi clinic serves all drug users, their family members as well as authorities. Kurvi is open to anyone any time, as a referral is not needed. The client can seek treatment free of charge. The Kurvi drug clinic will refer the client to appropriate treatment. If necessary, the client will be admitted to short-term inpatient care in Kurvi. The Kurvi drug clinic has since then consolidated its activities and proven its necessity. The annual numbers of outpatient visits, cases requiring 24-hour monitoring and of drug users seeking treatment have grown significantly. (See section 5.1 for more details). In 1998 there were 5,088 outpatient visits and cases requiring 24-hour monitoring and by August 2002 the number had risen to 12,678. Similarly, in 1998 clients included 1,265 drug users seeking treatment whereas the number in August 2002 was already 1,521. The low-threshold services offered by Kurvi have reached significant numbers of drug users who are not clients in any other treatment units. The majority of Kurvi's clients come to the clinic on their own initiative, directly from their home or the street. The number of services performed and of clients arriving outside office hours have grown year after year. With the growing numbers of clients Kurvi has accumulated specialised expertise on drug users and their care. Furthermore, through both client cases and telephone counselling the personnel has many contacts to drug

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