The current specification of the qualifications for initial assessors who deliver interventions under the drug interventions programme is given in the Home Office operational guidance for implementation of testing on arrest, required assessment and restriction on bail. That guidance defines initial assessors as
‘somebody who is competent to carry out the initial assessment and will, in almost all instances, be a CJIT (criminal justice integrated team) worker, who will also be employed to carry out voluntary assessments in the same area. All such workers will have, or be working towards, the relevant drug and alcohol national occupational standards (DANOS) competencies’.
In the majority of cases, CJIT workers will carry out initial assessments within custody suites. CJIT workers are employed by drug action teams and substance misuse action teams who are responsible for delivering drug interventions programme services in their areas.
There is no national estimate of the training and maintaining costs of local initial assessors.