Careerforce is reviewing nine Mental Health and Addiction Support unit standards that are currently listed on the Directory of Assessment Standards (DAS) at level 4.

We invite stakeholders and programme providers to provide feedback on the revised unit standards.

If your organisation wishes to comment on the proposed amended units, please reply to before the close of business on Friday 24 January 2020. 

The following changes have been made to all nine standards:

  • References to legislation and supporting documentation have been updated and expanded;
  • Edits have been made to terminology and wording for greater clarity;
  • The last date for assessment using the current versions of these standards will be 31 December 2021.


Select the unit standard titles to read the revised unit standard document.

Unit StandardTitleLevelCredit
26985Support a person accessing mental health and addiction services in managing their own prescribed medication46
26987Contribute to the safety and wellbeing of; people accessing mental health and addiction services, support workers, and others45
26990Demonstrate ethical practice and reflect on own ethical practice as a mental health and addiction support worker46
26991Demonstrate knowledge of law related to support work in mental health and addiction services45
27076Describe common substances, gambling and other behavioural addiction issues in New Zealand and their effects48
27079Support people with addiction issues using screening tools and brief interventions45
27081Describe communication, and correct use of de-escalation approaches in mental health and addiction services46
27084Describe family and whānau and other supports of people accessing mental health and addiction services410
27093Contribute to a Māori cultural assessment of a person accessing mental health and addiction services410