12 Core Functions: Intake

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As it applies to the substance use field, the intake process is the administrative and initial assessment procedure that allows for admission to a program. It’s an extension of the screening process. Without intake, a potential client’s eligibility and appropriateness for a service or program would be far less accurate. The intake process involves three major criteria for the function to be complete which includes: completion of all required documentation for program admission, completion of all required documentation reflecting eligibility and appropriateness of a program, and obtaining all necessary and proper signed consents when requesting or providing information to sources outside of the organization.