On the 13th November 2023 the Department of Health and Social Care announced a £267 million funding to help combat drug and alcohol misuse.
The funding, which will be rolled out in April 2024 across England, will enable local authorities to:
- recruit more specialised staff to work with people with drug and alcohol problems
- support more prison leavers into treatment and recovery services
- help reduce crime by increasing the number of people receiving structured drug and alcohol treatment, as well as improving the quality of treatment provided, which in turn helps make streets safer by getting people out of drug use addictions which is known to drive offending
This funding is a part of the government's landmark 10-year drug strategy which aims to imrpove access of drug and alcohol treament and improve quality, reducing drug use to a 30-year low. Find more details about the government's funding announcement here.
"Today’s allocations will see £267 million go directly to local authorities and their partners to improve services, increase capacity and quality of treatment and recovery systems, and is based on the recommendations made by Dame Carol Black in her independent review."
On 31st January 2024 we are running a CPD certified virtual conference Improving the Management of Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Misuse which will provide a valuable insights, knowledge and a deeper understanding how services can be improved, and people can be supported towards improved recovery outcomes. Click here to find the full programme and to book your place.