Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017 resources

A number of resources have been developed for the Commencement of the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017. These will be added to, to assist services and prepare to implement the Act.

On this page:

Overview and preparation

Overview of the process (PPTX, 1 MB) - This presentation provides an overview of the necessary steps to be taken to place someone under the Act. Services and staff should be familiar with what is required and this can be used with the checklist to help services prepare for implementation.

Assessing young people under the Act (pptx, 979 KB) - The SACAT makes explicit the rights and protections for any young person that may come under the Act - this presentation outlines the relevant sections.

Approved Treatment Centre (Nova STAR) - information sheet (PDF, 275 KB) - This leaflet provides information on approved treatment centre Nova STAR and the services they provide for people subject to SACAT.

Your rights

See Your rights under the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment Act 2017
Available in English, Māori, Chinese, Samoan and Tongan.

District inspectors

District inspectors provide an important safeguard for people who have concerns about compulsory care or treatment under the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017. They are lawyers who are independent from the Ministry of Health and health and disability services. You can contact a substance addiction district inspector by choosing from the substance addiction district inspectors list attached:

Approved specialists


The Ministry has published guidance to the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017, outlining the obligations of health professionals and others who are responsible for implementing the Act. 

Important messages

Important message sheets are 2–3 page sheets for Addiction Treatment Services to download and use, either as is or amended for local purposes, to use with various stakeholders.


Word format

These forms can be filled out electronically.

PDF format

These forms can be printed and filled out manually.

Applying to the Court

These documents are available on the Ministry of Justice website:

Practice notes issued by the Chief Family Court Judge

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