The People's Panel

Past consultations - community drug and alcohol recovery service

The county's community drug and alcohol recovery service works to reduce the harm caused by drugs and alcohol by helping people reduce, or ideally, stop their alcohol or drug use. It provides a comprehensive range of support to assist people's recovery, from short periods of treatment for people with less severe problems, through to treatment where problems have become too difficult to deal with alone.

The community drug and alcohol recovery service forms part of a wider programme of activity to reduce drug and alcohol related harm to individuals and families, as well as to the wider community.

The contract for the service is due to end on 31 December 2016 and is held by Turning Point.

A 12-week public consultation ran between 15 December 2015 and 8 March 2016, seeking views on four key principles underpinning proposals for the future shape of the drug and alcohol service. The consultation also sought feedback on what makes it easy or difficult to access the service.

Of 226 people who answered, 97 per cent agreed that the service should proactively encourage more people with alcohol issues to seek help and support.

Eighty-eight per cent agreed that the service should provide early interventions that divert low risk individuals from the need for formal treatment, while 82 per cent agreed that dedicated drug and alcohol workers should be located within children's social care teams.

There were also 94 per cent of responders who agreed that the service should be more community-focused.

The new community drug and alcohol service to help vulnerable people across Gloucestershire was discussed by cabinet in April and cabinet agreed to go out to tender; the new contract will be in place by January 2017 and will run for the next five years.

The new service will seek to continue to ensure that people with alcohol and drug problems in the county have access to responsive and effective recovery services that reduce the harm caused by alcohol and drugs. The council wants to build on improvements to date such as better integration across health, social care and criminal justice; closer working with children's services; and a greater emphasis on achieving and sustaining recovery.

The new contract will not fundamentally change the service from 2017, but will continue to evolve and progress the existing good service provided.

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