drug treatment

Funding cuts for drug and alcohol treatment

In its response to the review, DrugScope, representing service providers, expressed a concern about the current volatility of funding. Drugscope highlighted PHE ADPH drugs alcohol commissioning 2014 the continuous drive to reassess and retender services, and the need for commissioners to understand the impact frequent tendering processes have on providers (see this post for an alternative model).

Drug Treatment in 2012

00000It’s nice to celebrate good news sometimes. The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse published their annual figures this week. The headlines make good reading: There has been a 4% drop in the total number of treatment in for drug use (with no drop in treatment capacity). The number of young adults needing treatment for heroin is down almost two-thirds compared with 2005/6. The average waiting time for treatment is down to five days from …

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An end-to-end approach to tackle drug-related offending

00000From 2013/14 newly elected Police & Crime Commissioners will have responsibility for community safety and Drugs Intervention Programme budgets and will be looking for new and effective ways to tackle drug-related problems. I’m hosting a series of posts from organisations who feel they have a successful model.   This week, Charlotte Talbot from Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust describes an integrated model.   Groundhog Day Imagine this….you are a heroin user, arrested for a string …

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Online surveys are the key to better drug treatment services

00000 I’m just embarking on a new substance misuse needs assessment. Drug needs assessments are the single most important component in getting local drug treatment systems right. You can’t design a treatment system to meet local needs unless you’re sure what those needs are. When I do a needs assessment, I use a fairly straightforward approach which triangulates findings from three main sources: Data systems Drug workers and other professionals Drug users By far the …

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Mind the (social aspiration) gap

00000One of the most fulfilling side-effects of writing a Blog is that you are more aware of and tend to read more blogs yourself. I recently discovered a new blog which has quickly become one of my favourites. Matthew Taylor, the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts,  somehow finds time to write new posts 3-4 times a week. The reason I value these posts is that they are always thought-provoking and challenge readers …

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Why the drug treatment sector must get on board with PbR

00000‘Payment by results’ is an approach to funding public services which mirrors how we pay for a meal in a restaurant. We typically give a healthy tip if we like the food and service, but demand they take the cost off the bill if it’s not what we ordered, or the food is cold or defective in some other way. Organisations providing services under PbR will make a healthy premium if they reduce offending or …

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Drug treatment, PbR and service user choice – it’s simple

00000There are a lot of criticisms that can be levied at the payment by results approach. Some commentators are opposed in principle, Laurence Demarco, the founder and director of Senscot (a network of Scottish social enterprises) was the latest to voice his concerns yesterday. Others are concerned about practical issues, many of them discussed in posts on this site – how do you agree bullet-proof outcomes, develop innovative approaches, and share out payments between multiple …

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There’s more to Facebook than organising revolutions and riots

00000Back in the 1980s the answer to everything was 42. Douglas Adams’ joke “ultimate answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything” started off as a cult among schoolboys (and one or two schoolgirls), and spread to computer science geeks before entering the mainstream via the Internet. New research in 2011 has revealed that ‘42’ is no longer accurate – it now appears that the answer to everything is ‘social media’. Social …

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